Jerry Roberts awarded $915,538

Former Chronicle political reporter and managing editor Jerry Roberts (pictured) has been awarded $915,538 in legal fees and arbitration costs in his dispute with the owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press, multi-millionaire Wendy McCaw, the LA Times reported today. Arbitrator Deborah Rothman rejected all claims by McCaw’s company and, in a 68-page ruling, ordered it to pay her $748,022 in legal fees and $167,516 in arbitration costs. Rothman said McCaw (below) used her wealth to engage in a “scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners,

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Roberts, Trounstine launch political blog

A couple of veteran political reporters, Jerry Roberts (left) and Phil Trounstine, have teamed up to launch a political blog called Calbuzz. Roberts is the former managing editor of the Chronicle who went on to edit the Santa Barbara News-Press. He resigned in 2006 saying owner Wendy McCaw was meddling in the newsroom. Trounstine is the former political editor for the Mercury News who quit to become Gov. Gray Davis’ communications director. They appear to have started Calbuzz on March

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‘Citizen McCaw’ to be shown in Berkeley

“Citizen McCaw,” the new documentary about Jerry Roberts and the journalism ethics battle at the Santa Barbara News Press, will be shown for the first time in Northern California at 6:30 on April 17 at Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley campus. The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a panel discussion, with all proceeds going to Roberts’s legal fund. Tickets are $50 each. Here are the details. Roberts (pictured), a political writer and later managing editor at

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Peninsula spawned controversial publisher

Wendy McCaw, the controversial Santa Barbara News-Press publisher, was ordered by an administrative law judge to rehire eight former employees who were fired for engaging in union activities and give them back pay, the LA Times and other newspapers are reporting today. (Here’s a link to the 78-page ruling.)  Meanwhile, as LA Observed reports, another trial continues: McCaw is suing former News-Press editor (and former SF Chronicle managing editor) Jerry Roberts (pictured) for $25 million in damages, this after she

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Jerry Roberts receives ethics award

The international writers group PEN has presented its First Amendment award for ethical journalism to former Chron managing editor Jerry Roberts. The award “honors those who have courageously, and often at great personal loss, defended freedom of expression,” according to PEN. The Santa Barbara Independent reports that Roberts received the award at a star-studded Beverly Hills Hotel dinner on Tuesday night. Roberts left the Chronicle in 2002 after 25 years and joined the Santa Barbara News-Press in 2002. He quit

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Ex-Chron editor Roberts fights porn ‘smear’

Former Chronicle political reporter and managing editor Jerry Roberts called a news conference yesterday to say he has been “smeared” by a Santa Barbara newspaper, where he most recently worked, which claims a computer he used contains 15,000 images of child and adult pornography. Roberts denied downloading any porn. Moreover, his lawyer presented a report showing he has passed a lie-detector test. And, his lawyers plan to sue the paper for libel if it doesn’t retract the story. The weekly

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Editor Jerry Roberts roasted in SF

A roast of Jerry Roberts, a former editor at the Chron and Santa Barbara News-Press, drew more than 167 people to a swanky lounge at AT&T Park and raised $30,000 for Roberts’ legal defense fund to help him and other journalists being sued by News-Press owner Wendy McCaw. Molly Freedenberg of the Bay Guardian wrote this account of Tuesday’s roast for the Santa Barbara Independent. Roberts responded to the roasters by saying, “How come I spent 32 years working in

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Roast of Jerry Roberts on March 13 in SF

Longtime Chronicle political reporter and managing editor Jerry Roberts will be roasted March 13 in San Francisco to benefit a legal defense fund set up to help him and other journalists who are being sued by Santa Barbara newspaper publisher and billionaire Wendy McCaw. Roberts worked for McCaw for six years. He resigned last July 6 along with several other reporters and editors at the Santa Barbara News Press over newsroom intererence by McCaw. Roberts, who is fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma,

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Jerry Roberts diagnosed with cancer

Jerry Roberts, an award-winning editor at the Chronicle and the Santa Barbara News-Press, is fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He writes in the Santa Barbara Independent: “As cancers go, it’s not a bad one to have. For one thing, the doctors found it at an early stage. … Fortunately, it’s very treatable.” Roberts, longtime managing editor of the Chronicle, took the top newsroom job at the Santa Barbara paper in 2002. He resigned July 6, 2006, along with several other editors and

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Jerry Roberts strikes back at former paper

Jerry Roberts is publicly taking on his former employer, Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw, claiming her lawyer leaked the fact that McCaw filed a $500,000 claim against Roberts. Roberts, longtime managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, took the top newsroom job at the Santa Barbara paper in 2002. He resigned July 6, along with several other editors and reporters, in a dispute over newsroom interference by McCaw. Among McCaw’s complaints was that the paper printed the address of

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