So long, farewell: On Guard column ends

JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ Apr. 24, 2020 5:00 a.m. NEWS COLUMNISTS Farewell, dear readers. This ink-stained wretch is hanging up his hat: This is my final On Guard column. My last day at the San Francisco Examiner is Friday, April 24, 2020. It’s hard to type these words. I’ve been mulling how to tell you all for weeks, now. At first, I thought I’d try some too-clever contrivance, like bookending my columns with a call-back to my very first On Guard

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Remembering Gilroy

On behalf of the San Francisco Press Club, the board of directors would like to acknowledge the victims and families who lost loved ones or were injured on Sunday, July 28 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. We would especially like to thank our first-responders and all of our Bay Area residents who volunteered during and after this tragedy.

Bill Nagel named new publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle

NEW YORK, June 14, 2018 —Hearst Newspapers today named Bill Nagel publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, replacing Jeff Johnson who was named president of Hearst Newspapers in February. The announcement was made by Hearst Executive Vice President and COO Mark Aldam and Johnson. With more than 4,000 employees across the nation, Hearst Newspapers publishes 24 dailies and 64 weeklies, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, The New Haven Register and Albany Times Union. It also operates digital marketing services and directories businesses under the LocalEdge

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Remembering Steve Penna, The Spectrum Magazine

It is with deep sadness that we report the sudden passing of Redwood City icon Steve Penna, publisher of The Spectrum Magazine. Penna was one of the original board members of the Police Activities League. He was a supporter of the city’s nonprofit and business communities and a fundraiser for many Redwood City events, including the city’s concert series. He also helped to raise $11.5 million to restore Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School, his alma mater. Penna was born

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Remembering newspaper columnist Bruce Bellingham

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of newspaper columnist Bruce Bellingham on May 8 after a long illness. His work appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, the Irish Times, the Nob Hill Gazette, the Marin Independent Journal, and FRISKO and SOMA magazines. He wrote stories and documentaries with legendary broadcaster Al Hart for KCBS radio and also worked with public radio host Sedge Thomson on his weekly variety program “West Coast Weekend,” where he once famously

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Longtime TV reporter Janine De la Vega hired as spokeswoman for Palo Alto Police Department

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.

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat staff wins Pulitzer Prize for Wildfire Coverage

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

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