Examiner sold to group that includes Canadian publisher

Billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz has agreed to sell the San Francisco Examiner to an investor group that includes the owner of Black Press, a Canadian firm that owns more than 170 community papers in Vancouver and northern Washington state as well as the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and the Honolulu Star Advertiser in the U.S. Black Press also has a stake in the private equity group that bought the San Diego Union Tribune from the Copley family in 2009. The company

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SF Weekly accuses Examiner of sexist hiring

Melissa Griffin’s column photo According to the SF Weekly’s Erin Sherbert, only eight of the 35 newsroom workers at the Examiner are women — way below the average of 35% women in newsrooms nationally, according to the American Society of News Editors. What’s more, Sherbert says the last nine people hired in the Ex newsroom have been white men. The Ex, owned by billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz of Denver, has only one female columnist, Melissa Griffin. But the Ex uses

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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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Newspaper owner doesn’t talk to reporters

Anschutz Billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz is the owner of the San Francisco Examiner, but if you’re a reporter, don’t expect him to return your calls. Forbes — a financial publication which has a conservative, pro-business philosophy Anschutz would probably like — did a major profile of the Denver billionaire, but he wouldn’t sit down for an interview. Writes Christopher Helman: Why the anonymity? Not because he’s a paranoid, germo phobic recluse like Howard Hughes. Anschutz isn’t hiding from anyone; he makes his

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Will Harper jumps from SF Weekly to Examiner

The SF Weekly is looking for a new managing editor (craigslist ad and company posting) after Will Harper decided to take the No. 2 position in the San Francisco Examiner newsroom, the SF Appeal reports. He starts in mid-December and will be in charge of all local reporting. Before joining the SF Weekly in 2007, Harper was at the East Bay Express, Metro in San Jose and Berkeley Voice. Here’s his autobio from 2007. Harper will report to executive editor

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Examiner.com blogger guilty of harassment

Schisler’s Examiner.com bio One of the free-lancers who writes for Examiner.com was found guilty Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court of misdemeanor harassment and violating a court order. Kent Schisler, 65, has been sending e-mails to Wells Fargo executives over a dispute alleging the bank defrauded his wife’s business out of nearly $1 million. Court records show he has been sending letters and e-mails to now retired CEO Richard Kovacevich for 10 years. This year, Schisler turned his wrath

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Examiner: Don’t call us a ‘content farm’

Examiner.com, which has a reported 55,000 contributors nationwide, is not a “content farm” like Demand or Associated Content, executives of the site told PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser. They also tell Glaser that the online Examiner.com has little association with the San Francisco Examiner or Washington Examiner, except that they share the same name and are owned by conservative oilman Phil Anschutz.

Deirdre Hussey named new SF Examiner editor

Deirdre Hussey (pictured) has succeeded Jim Pimentel as executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner, the paper announced today. Hussey joined the Examiner in 2002 and and was north San Mateo County editor, city editor and assistant managing editor before being appointed managing editor in 2007. “We are fortunate to have in Deirdre a leader who combines a keen dedication to the news with a detailed understanding of San Francisco and San Mateo counties,” Publisher John Wilcox said. “We look

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Examiner Editor James Pimentel resigns

James Pimentel (pictured) has resigned as executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner after nearly four years in the job and nine years at the paper. The SF Appeal, an online newspaper, reports that Pimentel left on Friday, June 18, and that Publisher James Wilcox informed the staff of his departure on Tuesday, June 22. The Appeal says Wilcox told the staff that “several factors” led to Pimentel’s departure, but he didn’t elaborate. No successor has been named. Managing editor

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Examiner, MediaNews papers to team up on ads

The Examiner and the Bay Area’s MediaNews papers — such as the Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, etc. — plan to work together to sell advertising, the Denver Business Journal reports. The “San Francisco Bay Area Buy,” or SFBAB, is an attempt to compete with the Chron. Billionaire Phil Anschutz’s Denver-based Clarity Media, owner of the Examiner, says the combined MNG-Examiner buy will reach more readers than the Chron. Ironically, Hearst, the Chron’s owner, also owns 30 percent of

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