Nan Tucker McEvoy dead at 95

McEVOY Nan Tucker McEvoy, the last member of the founder’s family to head The San Francisco Chronicle and a prominent olive oil rancher in Petaluma, died on Thursday (March 26) at her apartment in San Francisco. She was 95. The granddaughter of M. H. de Young, who founded The Chronicle in 1865, McEvoy was the chairwoman of Chronicle Publishing, which included The Chronicle, KRON-TV and other media holdings, from 1981 to 1995. After the 1994 newspaper strike, members of the

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Audrey Cooper new top Chronicle editor

Audrey Cooper Audrey Cooper tried unsuccessfully 15 years ago to get an internship at the San Francisco Chronicle. Now she has been named editor in chief of the paper, Hearst Corp. announced. She succeeds Ward Bushee, who retired in 2013. Cooper had been acting editor-in-chief, though her title was managing editor. The appointment is effective immediately. A search for a new managing editor to succeed Cooper will start immediately. Cooper, 37, is the first woman to hold the position of

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Chron disputes NYT report that it plans to end standalone food section

The Chronicle is disputing a report in this morning’s New York Times that said the San Francisco newspaper plans to stop publishing its standalone food section. The Times said: “Now, The Chronicle, owned by the Hearst Corporation, is planning to eliminate its stand-alone food section and integrate it into a single lifestyle section — tentatively titled “Artisan” — with material from other parts of the newspaper, including the home section, according to employees who have been told of the plans.

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Chron editor Ward Bushee retiring

Bushee Ward Bushee announced today (Sept. 20) he is retiring as editor and vice president of the San Francisco Chronicle after five years in that post. No replacement was named. His retirement comes four months after the retirement of Publisher Frank Vega. The paper and its digital operations are now led by Publisher Jeffrey Johnson, former chief executive of the Los Angeles Times, and President Joanne Bradford, who honed her online media skills at Demand Media and Yahoo. Bushee, 64,

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Examiner sues Chronicle, alleging anticompetitive ad-pricing scheme

The parent company of the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and Bay Guardian filed a lawsuit today (June 25) alleging the Chronicle slashed advertising prices to stifle competition, according to a report in the Examiner. The suit says Chronicle owner Hearst Corp. took advantage of greater corporate resources to offer discounts to Examiner advertisers if they would quit advertising in the Ex and buy ads in the Chronicle instead. In one such instance, the suit says the Chronicle threw in

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Chron president Adkins transferred to Beaumont

The SF Weekly reports that Mark Adkins, who has been the Chronicle’s president since 2008, has been transferred to a less prestigious Hearst paper in Beaumont, Texas. The SFWeekly’s Erin Sherbert writes, “The company put out a small blurb, congratulating Adkins on a “promotion” that would be very hard to sell as even a lateral move. On top of the fact that the Beaumont Enterprise has a weekly circulation not quite a quarter of the Chron’s, Beaumont makes Bakersfield look

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Leadership change at Chronicle, Vega retires

Johnson and Bradford Frank Vega, 64, is retiring as president and publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle and two top executives have been appointed to head the Hearst-owned newspaper. Joanne K. Bradford, 49, formerly chief revenue and marketing officer for Demand Media, is the Chronicle’s new president, and the new publisher is Jeffrey M. Johnson, 53, previously operating partner at The Yucaipa Companies focusing on media investments. Before that, he was president, publisher and chief executive officer of the Los

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Chronicle trims printing contract

The Chronicle plans to cut back on its printing and has renegotiated its deal with the company that prints the newspaper. In July 2009, the Chronicle shut down its presses and outsourced printing to Transcontinental, a Canadian company, which built a highly automated plant in Fremont under a 15-year, $1 billion contract. Transcontinental will continue to publish the Chronicle, but will only do about two-thirds of the printing that the contract originally demanded, saving the Hearst-owned paper an estimated $30

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Chron caught up in fake byline controversy

The Chronicle has admitted that it has been publishing stories under fake bylines that were provided by a firm it had hired to produce stories for its real estate and SFiS sections. The practice of using fake bylines was first revealed by Public Radio’s “This American Life.” “The articles, which covered real estate transactions, were an amalgamation of work by researchers in the Philippines, editors in the United States and information culled from public records through automatic filters,” the Chronicle said

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Illegal immigrant journalist loses driver’s license

Vargas The state of Washington has canceled the driver’s license of Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle reporter who revealed last month that he is an illegal immigrant. The Seattle Times says that while illegal immigrants can still obtain licenses in Washington state, licensing officials said they canceled Vargas’ license because he could not prove he lived in the state when he obtained it, as required by law. In a New York Times Magazine piece

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