Ex-East Bay Express editor joins Examiner

Stephen Buel, who was ousted as editor of the East Bay Express last month, has joined the Examiner as assistant city editor, according to the SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi. Buel, who had led the newsroom of the East Bay alt-weekly for a decade and was a 13% owner, was let go in a dispute with the paper’s majority owner, Jay Youngdahl. Buel will serve under newly hired assistant managing editor Will Harper, a former East Bay Express writer and columnist.

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Stephen Buel out as editor of East Bay Express

Stephen Buel has been dismissed as editor of the East Bay Express after 10 years by president and majority owner Jay Youngdahl over “creative differences,” according to the SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi. Buel told Eskenazi: “One of my business partners and I had a series of disagreements and he owns more of the paper than I. So he thought it was best we part ways … This has been building for quite some time. But it came to a head

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East Bay Express honored for keeping it local

Editor & Publisher, in its annual feature “10 That Do It Right,” has commended the East Bay Express for its efforts at strengthening the local community and economy: “I think we have cracked the code on community-building,” says Publisher Jody Colley — and she’s not bragging. The Express led a national movement among alt-papers last Christmas to encourage readers to stimulate their local economies by pledging to spend at least $100 on locally owned retailers, noting they keep dollars in

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Newspaper reveals names of its owners

East Bay Express editor Steven Buel today identified his seven partners who helped him purchase the weekly newspaper from the Village Voice Media chain. When he bought the paper May 17, he refused to identify some of the investors, which resulted in criticism from readers (see comments) and the editor of the rival Berkeley Daily Planet, Becky O’Malley. Three of the investors are from Kansas City and one from Monterey. The investors, besides Buel, are: • Gary Jenkins of Kansas

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Papers bicker over errors, ‘silent partners’

East Bay Express editor Stephen Buel, who purchased his newspaper from the Village Voice Media chain with the help of investors, is complaining about mistakes the Berkeley Daily Planet made in covering the sale. Planet Editor Becky O’Malley has acknowledged the errors but still wants to know the identities of the investors. A few names have come out, such as Express co-founder Kelly Vance and Monterey County Weekly founder Bradley Zeve, but Buel says he doesn’t plan to identify certain

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East Bay Express editor buys paper from chain

East Bay Express editor Stephen Buel and a group of investors have purchased the 60,000-circulation alternative weekly from the Village Voice Media chain, which also owns the SF Weekly and other free weeklies nationwide. The deal closed yesterday (May 17) and the price hasn’t been disclosed. Buel’s partners in the deal are Hal Brody, who started an alt-weekly in Kansas City and sold it in 1999 to the firm that became Village Voice Media, and co-founder and calendar editor Kelly

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Trial of SF Weekly owner delayed

A judge has delayed until October a trial involving San Francisco’s two alternative weekly newspapers. The Bay Guardian, owned by Bruce Brugmann, is suing Village Voice Media, owner the SF Weekly and East Bay Express. Brugmann claims the chain violated state law by using profits generated at its 16 other papers to subsidize illegally cheap ads in San Francisco in order to run his paper out of business. The trial had been set for July 16, but San Francisco Superior

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