Remembering Barbara Taylor

It is with great sadness that we remember the legendary San Francisco radio reporter Barbara Taylor, who passed away on October 26. Barbara covered City Hall and the political scene with passion for more than four decades. The hardworking KCBS SF bureau chief died from complications from a car accident several months ago. She was an exceptional, well-respected reporter and a familiar voice to the KCBS audience. The Chronicle is calling her a civic treasure, which isn’t an exaggeration. CLICK

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2020 Final Winners List

The following are the winners of the 2020 Bay Area Journalism Awards: Digital Media: Blog / Commentary First Place: Andrew Gilbert, Michael Zweibach, Paul Kotapish, Peter Feher, “1,000 Faithful Flowers: The Legacy of Faith Winthrop”, San Francisco Classical Voice Digital Media: Breaking News First Place: Ellen Huet, “WeWork Files for IPO”, Bloomberg Second Place: Steven Bracco, “Castro community comes together to help victims of 4-alarm fire”, Hoodline Third Place: Mark Chediak, David R. Baker, Alison McNeely, Christopher Martin, “PG&E Files

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Citing racial bias, San Francisco will end mug shots release

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced Wednesday. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and outside police experts said they believe the department would be the first in the nation to do so based on concerns about racial bias.

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Bospar: Nearly One in Three Americans Believes We Will Never Have Racial Equality

But most Americans believe protests surrounding George Floyd’s death mark a turning point in the struggle for racial equality SAN FRANCISCO – June 18, 2020 – Bospar, the boutique PR firm that puts tech companies on the map, has released its findings on the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests. Bospar discovered that 82.1% of Americans say Floyd’s murder has impacted them, with many hoping that this is finally a turning point for police reform. An overwhelming majority of

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FAC to California Judiciary: End Court Secrecy Now

The First Amendment Coalition today called on California judicial leaders to put a stop to widespread court secrecy that has occurred throughout the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the public and press have access to hearings and trials as required under the First Amendment and California law. In a letter to the California Judicial Council, the rule-making body of the state’s court system, FAC and its partners cite numerous examples of secret proceedings that have taken place since health concerns caused

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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.