Audrey Cooper Audrey Cooper tried unsuccessfully 15 years ago to get an internship at the San Francisco Chronicle. Now she has been named editor in chief of the paper, Hearst Corp. announced. She succeeds Ward Bushee, who retired in 2013. Cooper had been acting editor-in-chief, though her title was managing editor. The appointment is effective immediately. A search for a new managing editor to succeed Cooper will start immediately. Cooper, 37, is the first woman to hold the position of
Cooper San Francisco Chronicle Deputy Managing Editor Audrey Cooper has been named managing editor, the first woman in the paper’s 148-year history to fill that role. Cooper, 35, joined the paper in 2006 as an assistant metro editor. She had previously worked at the Tri-Valley Herald, the Associated Press and the Stockton Record, where she served as metro editor. At the Chronicle, Cooper has helped launch a weekly Health section, create a breaking news team and develop investigative projects. She succeeds Stephen
SF Appeal has posted a memo Chron Metro Section Editor Audrey Cooper sent to her troops in which she says: “You are going to smash whomever is naive enough to poke their noses in our market. Bring it on!” Cooper didn’t mention F. Warren Hellman’s $5 million Bay Area News Project, but what else could she be talking about? Certainly SF Appeal, headed by Eve Batey, thinks Cooper is talking about the Hellman project.