Keen Observer

Photo from the Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento Bee Collection, 1983/001/SBPMP04925
Sacramento Observer

SACRAMENTO OBSERVER FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER Dr. William Lee marks the 10th anniversary of his newspaper in this Sacramento Bee photo from Nov. 26, 1972. The Observer was created to help share stories of African Americans, and it soon experienced phenomenal growth, becoming a six-time winner of the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s John B. Russwurm Trophy for journalism excellence, the nation’s top award given to a black-focused newspaper. Though Lee died in 2019, The Observer is still a product of his family; it’s now run by Lee’s son, CEO Larry Lee.