Longtime reporter Janine De la Vega has been hired as the public affairs manager of the Palo Alto Police Department. She will be the first civilian to fill the role. De la Vega has spent the last 21 years as a broadcast reporter. She started with Channel 7 last year and had spent the previous 12 years at Channel 2. “This was a personal choice to make a career switch at this point in my life,” De la Vega stated.
The staff of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat won a Pulitzer Prize Monday for its coverage of the Sonoma County wildfires in October. The wildfires, which have been described as the most devastating in California history killed 40 people and destroyed 6,190 homes. “For lucid and tenacious coverage of historic wildfires that ravaged the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, expertly utilizing an array of tools … to bring clarity to its readers — in real time and in subsequent