Lifelong newspaper enthusiast and cartoonist Marc Lutz is the new editor of the Calaveras Enterprise. With over 15 years of experience in the business, Lutz brings to the table an extensive and eclectic background in writing, design, comics, news reporting and editing.
“The Enterprise has had some very good editors during the past 20 years. Marc has the experience and talent to be one of the best,” said Enterprise president and publisher, Ralph Alldredge.
Lutz has been passionate about newspapers since early childhood.
“My grandmother would read the Stockton Record to me,” Lutz said. “We would sit at her kitchen table when I would walk next door to her house to visit – and maybe sneak a cookie. Grandma would read the comics to me and explain the punchline if I didn’t quite get the joke. She would proceed to the horoscopes, even though she didn’t take any stock in them. As the years passed, I began reading the comics and horoscopes to her. We’d get a good laugh out of the predictions about her love life (she was married to my grandfather 60 years before she died).”
As a teenager, Lutz wrote and designed his own paper on a Commodore 64-kilobyte computer and borrowed his best friend’s dot matrix printer to publish his work weekly.
Lutz’s first “real” job in journalism was at the Record, where he wrote an issues column that soon morphed into humor column that ran alongside a comic strip he wrote and drew.
In 2005, Lutz began working for the Lodi News-Sentinel as a cartoonist. Every week for nine years, he developed a new issue of his “Ducks in Lodi” comic strip.
Lutz took on additional roles as a web assistant, copy editor and lifestyle editor, did page design and was business editor during his time at the Sentinel. He also dabbled in illustrations, ad designs and even paper deliveries, gaining experience in almost every aspect of newspaper production.
Since working at the Sentinel, Lutz has done reporting and editing for The Business Journal in Fresno, the Union Democrat in Sonora and the San Francisco Chronicle. He spent four years designing print materials for Adventist Health Lodi Memorial medical Center and started his own business as a personal trainer before applying for an editor position at the Central Valley Business Journal.
“I was offered the job the same day I interviewed,” Lutz said. “I remembered why I loved newsprint.”
Unfortunately, the Central Valley Business Journal printed its last word in late June, and Lutz found himself adrift.
“Luckily, I happened upon the Calaveras Enterprise, which I had always heard good things about,” Lutz said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing news that matters to the residents of Calaveras County. I’ve loved the region ever since visiting Big Trees as a child and spending summers in Arnold as a teenager.”
Lutz lives in Lodi with his wife, Melinda, and his four “fuzzy children.” He also has three real children: Lela, 24, Nathan, 23 and Natalie, 21. Besides all things newsworthy, his other love is fitness.
“To date, I have run over 8,000 miles,” said Lutz. “It’s taught me that we are all capable of some pretty amazing things if only we let ourselves be.”