Homestead High School journalism adviser Nick Ferentinos dies

Ferentinos A memorial service for longtime high school journalism adviser Nick Ferentinos will be held at Homestead High School, 21370 Homestead Road in Cupertino, on Saturday, March 5 at 1:30 pm in the school’s auditorium. A reception in the school’s cafeteria will follow the service. Ferentinos, 73, was the faculty adviser for Homestead’s student newspaper, the Epitaph, from 1976 to 1994. He died Jan. 25 from lung cancer. The organizers are asking for photographs for a slideshow. Please click here

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Longtime KCBS broadcaster Al Hart dies

Al Hart Longtime KCBS Radio anchor Al Hart, a legendary voice in Bay Area broadcasting, died yesterday. He was 88. According to his family, Hart died following a battle with corticobasal degeneration, a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease. Hart joined KCBS in 1966, two years before the station switched to an all-news format. He was first a sidekick and producer for Dave McElhatton, another Bay Area broadcasting legend. McElhatton, who died in 2010, eventually became a longtime anchor at KPIX-TV. Hart

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GraceAnn Walden, pioneer in local food media, dies

Walden The Chronicle is reporting that its former Inside Scoop columnist GraceAnn Walden has died. “She made restaurant news and gossip a dedicated beat in this food-obsessed town, breathlessly chronicling the paths of chefs through town and tracking the underbelly of the restaurant scene with her sharp, witty and sometimes controversial writing,” the Chron’s Inside Scoop blog said. She wrote the Inside Scoop column from its inception in 1991 to 2005. In recent years, she had been living in the

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Sports writer Ron Bergman dead at 80

Longtime Bay Area sports writer Ron Bergman died today (May 28). He was 80. The AP reports that Bergman had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles’ final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966. He later worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News, covering the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the 1970s and writing a book, “Mustache Gang,” about the 1972 title team. He later covered the Golden

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Vince Roman, former KGO-TV news director, dies

One of the first news directors in Bay Area television, Vince Roman, died April 29 in Belmont at age 90. Roman went to work for KGO-TV in 1951, became news director and remained with the ABC station for 37 years until he retired. Roman and his partner Sam Rolph, co-founder of Hillbarn Theatre, bought a house on San Juan Boulevard in Belmont in 1956 and remained there until some time after Rolph died in 2006. They also had homes at

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KPFA host Wesley Burton killed in car accident

Burton (From Bay City News) A public radio host who died in a rollover crash near his Oakland home early Saturday morning had deep Oakland roots and loved to barbecue for his friends, family and neighbors, his nephew said Monday. “He was a guy that you could make friends with within an hour,” said Wesley Burton’s nephew, 19-year-old Tlaca Hernandez. Hernandez has raised nearly $20,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to help support Burton’s wife and three young children — a

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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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Dori Maynard, journalist and champion of diversity, dead at 56

(From the Associated Press) Dori J. Maynard, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her Oakland home, the journalism education institute she presided said. She was 56. The Oakland-based Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education confirmed Maynard’s death in a brief statement posted on its website. It didn’t give a cause of death. “Dori was an amazing force for good in journalism,” Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, told

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Longtime Merc reporter Betty Barnacle Dillane dead at 83

Betty Barnacle Dillane, a dogged police reporter for the Mercury News for decades, died Nov. 13 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 83. She was one of the first women hired by the then-San Jose News in the 1950s. The Merc obit said she developed such a trustworthy relationship with police that she was permitted to flip through their files to find reports she thought were newsworthy. “No one worked the phones like Betty,” said former Mercury News copy

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Sam Goldman, journalism teacher, sports information director, dies

Goldman The following is from the Chronicle: Bay Area sporting events won’t be quite as much fun to cover without Sam Goldman’s sweet personality and his contributions to a reporter’s sweet tooth. Goldman, who died Tuesday (June 17) at 87, was a fixture in Bay Area press boxes for decades. He treated media members to butterscotch and peppermint candies while referring to each person as “Great Leader” or “Coach.” Actually, Goldman coached dozens of reporters. He was a longtime journalism

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