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Meet The Signal editorial board

Posted: October 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: October 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Ian Lamont, Signal publisher and editorial board chairman

Ian has more than 35 years of operation, marketing and strategic leadership experience. He is the publisher and CEO of The Signal and the SCV Business Journal.

From 2001-2004 Ian was the Publisher & CEO of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, a Media News Group (MNG) company. In 2004, MNG promoted him to be the company's Northern California CEO & Publisher, overseeing the Alameda Newspaper Group (ANG). As ANG's CEO, Ian was Publisher of the Oakland Tribune and oversaw the operations of 18 daily newspapers and more than a dozen other Bay Area and Northern California media properties. ANG had annual revenues of $300M and employed 3500 people.

Ian has been very active in all communities where he has run newspapers, having served in numerous leadership positions.

His community service has included serving on two different hospital boards, three Chambers (chairing two), United Way, March of Dimes and a Economic Development Corp (Board Chairman for three straight years). In addition, he and his wife were the community Co-Chairs in charge of funding and building a $25M Cancer Center -The Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick, Washington opened in 1994.

Ian has also been active on regional and national issues including environmental cleanup and Western States water issues.

He is highly respected at the state and federal level, where he has a number of contacts in senior Congressional and Agency positions.

He started his career in Manhattan with Dow Jones & Company (1974-1983), publisher of the Wall Street Journal and later joined McClatchy Newspapers (1983-2000). He ran McClatchy papers in Fresno, Tri-Cities (WA), and Anchorage.

His earlier professional experience includes tax and financial responsibilities with extensive work on media mergers and acquisitions.

In 1989-90 he was interim Publisher of the Anchorage Daily News and in 1991 he was named Publisher & CEO of the Tri-City Herald (WA). The Herald through the 90's was the top performing paper in McClatchy. In 1999, Ian received the two highest community honors being named "Tri-Citian of the Year" and being awarded the "Volpentest Community Leadership Award."

Ian has been recognized for his Leadership and Executive skills (Co-CEO of the Year, Washington State CEO magazine- the other Co-CEO was a guy named Bill Gates; in 2003-04 Executive of the Year, Media News Group) and community skills (2005 Oakland Distinguished Community Leadership Award; 2003 City Leader of the Year, Leadership Long Beach).

When Ian was Publisher - The Anchorage Daily News, won a Pulitzer in 1989 (it was Ian's second Pulitzer having been an integral member of a "News Team" that won a Pulitzer for the Sacramento Bee) and The Long Beach Press-Telegram was named the 2003 Business of the Year.

Ian retired from Media News Group in 2006 before being tempted by Charles Hill Morris Jr, CEO, Morris Multimedia and owner of the Signal to come to Santa Clarita in September 2008.

Ian has a B.S. in Business Administration and two MBA's and was a CPA.

Blissfully married to an extraordinary woman, Oksanna for 36 years, they have two exceptional sons, Shawn, 33, and Evan, 28.

Lila Littlejohn, executive editor

Lila Littlejohn began her journalism career in 1978 as a part-time typesetter for the Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise. She subsequently held the positions of: reporter for The Signal; reporter and city editor, City News Service of Los Angeles; reporter, overnight desk editor and broadcast wire editor, Associated Press (Los Angeles bureau); city editor, Pasadena Star-News; managing editor, Entertainment News Service (a short-lived division of City News Service); reporter and city editor, The Signal; copy editor, Los Angeles Daily News.

She was hired as Managing Editor of The Signal in June 2007 and promoted to Executive Editor early this year.

Lila has a Master's Degree in Language Arts and Literature from Cal State Northridge. First moving to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1969, she has two sons who graduated from Canyon High School and currently resides in Valencia.

Morris Thomas, administrative director

Morris Thomas is a graduate of Cal State University-Long Beach and the UCLA School of Law. He has been a resident of Santa Clarita for more than 20 years, where and has been extensively involved in youth sports and a variety of other charitable organizations. He is a member of the SCV Chamber of Commerce board.

Morris is the single father of three girls all of whom were raised in Santa Clarita, are graduates of Canyon High School, and are currently attending college in Hampton, VA.

He has been on staff with The Signal for nearly 11 years, and has held several positions including that of Circulation Director. Morris is currently the Administrative Director of the Signal and the Publisher of the Signal's Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal.

Fred Trueblood, community board member

Fred Trueblood is vice president of SCVTV, the 501c3 nonprofit operator of Santa Clarita's only local television channel (Time Warner Cable Channel 20, AT&T U-verse 99,

Fred's family came to Newhall in 1938 and purchased the Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise newspaper. He was born and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley, attended local schools and served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968.

Fred is a magna cum laude graduate of Pepperdine University and is a former SCV Man of the Year. After 31 years with Southern California Edison, Fred formed a consulting company focusing on organization development; a sports media company that does filming and promotional work for Eastmans' Publishing on the Outdoor Channel; and is a senior partner in Paladin Principle, a regional public relations and governmental affairs firm.

Fred also served as a field deputy for late state Assemblyman Dr. Keith Richman.

Leon Worden, community board member

Leon Worden is president and CEO of SCVTV, the 501c3 nonprofit operator of Santa Clarita's only local television channel (Time Warner Cable 20, AT&T U-verse 99,

An SCV resident since 1970, UCLA graduate and award-winning journalist (Associated Press, California Newspaper Publishers Association, National Newspaper Association, Numismatic Literary Guild awards for investigative reporting, business writing, opinion pages, websites), Leon was Senior Editor of The Signal newspaper until 2007 and continues to serve on its editorial board.

He has served as president of the SCV Historical Society, chairman of the City of Santa Clarita's Newhall Redevelopment Committee, founding director of the Friends of Mentryville, founding member of the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission and the county's Ad-Hoc Committee on Homeless Services (SCV), and was co-creator of the SCV Sheriff Station's first Haunted Jailhouse.

Leon continues to serve as chairman of the Santa Clarita Valley Fourth of July Parade, member of the Newhall Redevelopment Committee, publisher of the Old Town Newhall Gazette, and manager of, SCV History In Pictures ( and other local websites.



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