Oakland Tribune returns to downtown

The Oakland Tribune has moved back to downtown Oakland, where the action is, as publisher Mac Tully puts it. In 2007, the 138-year-old newspaper left the iconic Tribune Tower for an office building near I-880, across from the Coliseum. “It was a good location, but we weren’t near the action,” Tribune Publisher Mac Tully said. So now the Tribune has moved into a former Wachovia Bank branch at 1970 Broadway, across from Sears, in the city’s Uptown district. At the

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New publishers for Marin IJ, Coco Times

Wilson MediaNews Group announced today that Matt Wilson is leaving as publisher of the Marin Independent Journal and would be replaced by David Rounds, former publisher of MNG’s Contra Costa Times. In addition, Rounds will serve as vice president in charge of circulation for MediaNews Group in the Bay Area. MNG described the moves as a “management realignment.” Today’s announcement said that Wilson, 54, of Berkeley, will be “leaving the newspaper to pursue other opportunities.” Wilson had been executive editor

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Chronicle circulation plunges 25%

The Chronicle’s circulation fell by 25.8% in the past year. Of the nation’s 25 largest newspapers, the Chron reported the largest percentage decrease. The Chron’s daily circulation now stands at 251,782, down from 339,430 a year ago. Sales of the Chron’s Sunday edition fell by 22.9%, to 306,705. In one year, the Chron lost 87,648 daily customers and 91,411 Sunday customers. The figures are from the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s FAS-FAX reports, which were released today. In San Jose, the

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Tribune columnist Peggy Stinnett dead at 87

Long-time Oakland Tribune columnist Peggy Stinnett died today (June 2) following a battle with cancer of the esophagus. She was 87. The Tribune has posted an obituary. She started at the Montclarion newspaper, moved to the Tribune in the 1970s and retired in 2005. However later that year she began writing for the Oakland Post. “She took no prisoners and was a City Hall watchdog in the tradition of good, solid journalism,” said Brenda Payton, who knew Stinnett from their

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What would Bob and Nancy Maynard do?

Could those who are trying to save the Chronicle learn something from the history of the Oakland Tribune? Former Trib managing editor Eric Newton recalls his years working for Bob and Nancy Maynard (pictured) from 1984 to 1992, and how they stopped the paper from closing. During the 20th century in America, more than 1,000 daily newspapers closed. The Oakland Tribune was not among them. The Maynards saved it. They found a nonprofit to invest in it and made a

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Oakland Tribune turns 135!

With all of the news about newspapers closing, the Oakland Tribune turned 135 on Feb. 21. Trib columnist Angela Hill reported the anniversary in Friday’s edition. A quote from her column: Back then, Oakland was barely out of its teens as a city with only 12,000 people. It had mud streets, rutted from horse-drawn carriages and the occasional cow wandering loose. Ulysses S. Grant was president of the United States. … News from other areas was tapped out on telegraph

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Oakland Tribune’s William Brand dies

The Oakland Tribune reports that William Brand, a longtime reporter there, died early this morning as a result of injuries suffered in a Muni train incident in San Francisco Feb. 8. He was 70. Brand died at San Francisco General Hospital, surrounded by family and friends, according to a friend of the family, the Tribune said. A recently retired reporter, Brand was walking near Second and King streets around 9:10 p.m. Feb. 8 when he was hit by oncoming N-Judah

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Editor Leanne McLaughlin dies at 59

A month shy of her 60th birthday, Bay Area News Group editor Leanne McLaughlin died unexpectedly of a heart attack early Wednesday after going home from work. She joined The Oakland Tribune in October 1989 and worked in a variety of editorial positions before being named managing editor in 1999. McLaughlin most recently had worked as an editor on the Hills chain of newspapers, which is part of BANG-EB. Her obit includes these comments: “Leanne was a seasoned pro who

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Nancy Hicks Maynard, 1946-2008

Nancy Hicks Maynard, the first African American woman to own a major daily newspaper and a co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, died today (Sunday) at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of organ failure, The Associated Press is reporting. She was 61. She’s seen here in a 1992 photo with husband Robert Maynard. They married in 1975 when he was at The Washington Post and she was at The New York Times. A year later, they moved

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