Janet Keeler joined the Times in 1992 as a copy editor. She then was assistant newsfeatures editor/production from 1993 to 2000. She was named food editor in 2000, and in 2006 she added travel editor to her responsibilities and now overseas travel coverage in the Sunday Latitudes section. Keeler is a regular guest on local television, and has been an adjunct professor at University of the Pacific and frequent guest lecturer.
Her story The Crock-Pot That Saved Dinner Time appears in the collection Best Food Writing 2001, anthology of stories about food, dining and life by American food writers. The Times' Taste section was named best section in the country for mid-sized dailies in 2002 and 2004 by the Association of Food Journlists. In 2003, Keeler won a third place in food news reporting from the AFJ.
Before coming to the Times, she was features editor of the Stockton (Calif.) Record; national and world wire editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and a government and education reporter at the Lodi (Calif.) News-Sentinel.
Keeler and her husband, Scott, a Times photographer, have one son.