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Guest speaker for Press Club banquet announced

The guest speaker at this year’s Press Club awards banquet will be Jeanne Carstensen, managing editor of The Bay Citizen, the nonprofit Bay Area news organization that launched last month.

She’ll provide an insiders view of The Bay Citizen, which has 24 paid staffers including a newsroom of 16 journalists. The nonprofit plans to go beyond a website and eventually offer news through podcasts, radio and TV.

Carstensen came to The Bay Citizen from Salon, where she also held the title of M.E. Previously, as senior arts and features editor at SFGate.com, she wrote about the first cellphone photography show and the artist who genetically engineered God.

She was awarded a National Arts Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University in 2001. Jeanne lived in Costa Rica for six years, where she covered human rights and feminism for the shortwave station Radio for Peace International and worked as a translator.

She covered digital culture at the Whole Earth Review magazine under Kevin Kelly and was the managing editor of the Essential Whole Earth Catalog. Jeanne lives in Bernal Heights in San Francisco.

The Press Club awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7. More than 100 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards will be presented at the banquet. For more information or tickets, e-mail Press Club Executive Director Darryl Compton.

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