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
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
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
Our SF Press Club board member Daniel Brown has written a great article that will certainly appeal to any journalist. Especially journalists who are married to each other! Dan, a sports writer for The Mercury News, is married to his sports writing rival Susan Slusser, who works for the competing San Francisco Chronicle. As Dan writes, Because of the nature of our jobs at competing Bay Area outlets, we are forced to wage war against each other. It’s husband vs.
City College of San Francisco’s Department of Journalism and Front Page Gallery are presenting a photo exhibition featuring rare war zone photographs by two top photojournalist, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Kim Komenich and former Reuters Photo Bureau Chief Lou Dematteis. The exhibition runs from April 13 to May 23, 2018 at the Front Page Gallery, located at 50 Phelan Ave., Bungalow 615 in San Francisco. An opening reception and book signing will be held on Friday, April 13 from 5pm to
Ted Koppel, longtime anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, who earned his master’s degree at Stanford in 1962, will deliver the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service and the University. The San Francisco Press Club is a proud co-sponsor of the event. The presentation topic is “A Brief History of News: Fake, the Other Kind, and Where We Go from Here.” Mr. Koppel will be giving the lecture on Wednesday, April 18, with a reception beginning at 4:30pm, followed
“Fake News” has become a popular term to denounce journalism, especially since the 2016 elections. Earlier this year, the SF Press Club addressed the topic with a panel discussion at our High School Bootcamp. The California Press Foundation will also be holding a panel discussion on Fake News and The First Amendment at their 140th Winter Meeting in San Francisco on November 30th. The event is also hosted by the First Amendment Coalition. According to the FAC website, The term
The First Amendment Coalition is soliciting nominees for the FAC Free Speech & Open Government Award, given each year for performance of exemplary work in the arena of open government. The nomination deadline is October 30th. The awards will be presented November 30th. Qualifications for the award are outstanding accomplishment, service or other contributions to “the people’s right to know” about government. The winner, or winners, could be a journalist, blogger, lawyer, news organization (print or digital), software developer or community activist. The award recognizes an individual