Bulletin Editorial Board
What are editorials?
The Bulletin’s editorials express the shared opinion of The Bulletin’s editorial board, whose members are listed below. The board meets every weekday morning to discuss topics for editorial comment and to formulate opinions. Though editorials are written by individuals - generally Erik Lukens, Richard Coe and Janet Stevens - they are not signed because they are meant to speak for the entire board.
Primary editorial writers
Richard Coe (Editorial page editor)
Richard has been at The Bulletin since 2002. He has been city editor, an editorial writer and is now editorial page editor. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in international relations from Yale University.
Janet Stevens (Deputy editor)
Janet began working as a proofreader at The Bulletin when she was 16. Today she writes editorials and a (mostly) weekly column. In the intervening 54 years, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in journalism and reared two daughters. She has worked at The Bulletin as a reporter, copy editor, editorial page editor and city editor.
Other editorial board members
John Costa (President)
John is president of Western Communications, The Bulletin's parent company. He previously served for more than a decade as The Bulletin's editor and editor in chief of Western Communications.
Peggy has been involved with the Bulletin and Western Communications most of her life. As part of the Chandler family, she worked at The Bulletin during summers of her high school and college years. She graduated from Willamette University in 1971. Her husband, Greg, was publisher of The Bulletin and president of Western Communications from 1976 to 1994. In 1998, she and Greg served as Knight International Press Fellows in Lima, Peru. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Erik Lukens (Editor)
Erik is editor of The Bulletin. He served for 13 years as the paper’s editorial page editor, beginning in 1998, before becoming city editor in 2011. Erik left to join The Oregonian as editorial page editor in 2012 and returned to The Bulletin as editor in 2016. Erik has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Cornell University a doctorate in English Literature from Princeton University. Erik and his wife, Shelli Mulder, have three sons.
Betsy McCool (Chairwoman)
Betsy heads Western Communications, Inc., which owns eight publications in Oregon and California, including The Bulletin. She completed management development programs at Northwestern University’s New Media Center and at the Poynter Institute. She obtained a master of business management degree from Willamette University. Her undergraduate degree is from Oregon State University. Betsy and her husband, Dan, have three daughters. Together, they own Horse Butte Equestrian Center, a sport horse training and boarding facility.