Bay Area journalist Kevin Weston dead at 45

Weston Kevin Weston, a journalist at the Oakland Post and San Francisco Bayview and the youth communications director with New American Media, died at his Oakland home on Sunday following a two-year battle with a rare form of leukemia. He was 45. “Rest in power, Kevin,” San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim said Wednesday before adjourning a meeting in his honor. The Oakland Tribune, in its obit for Weston, said served as editor-in-chief of YO! Youth Outlook Magazine, executive producer of

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David Burgin, longtime newspaper editor, dies

C. David Burgin, a longtime editor who merged the Palo Alto Times and Redwood City Tribune and held top positions with the Examiner and Dean Singleton’s Alameda Newspaper Group, died Monday at his home in Houston after a lengthy illness. He was 75. According to the Associated Press, Burgin died of the effects of four serious strokes he had suffered since 1997, said his wife, Judy Burgin. Burgin had served as editor-in-chief of seven U.S. daily newspapers, starting with New

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Jack Russell, San Mateo Times reporter, columnist, editor, Press Club co-founder, dead at 87

RUSSELL John Henry “Jack” Russell, who worked for the San Mateo Times for 39 years and was co-founder of the Peninsula Press Club, died Saturday (March 15) at age 87, according to an obit in the San Mateo Daily Journal. Russell was born in San Jose, graduated from Fremont High School in Cupertino and served in World War II as an infantry Sergeant. After the war, he enrolled at San Jose State University and became editor of the Spartan Daily

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Joel Brinkley, former NYT reporter, Pulitzer winner and Stanford teacher, dead at 61

Brinkley Joel Brinkley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who spent 23 years at The New York Times and moved to Palo Alto in 2006 to teach journalism at Stanford, died on Tuesday (March 11) at age 61. He died at a hospital in Washington, his wife Sabra Chartrand confirmed to the AP today. The cause of death was acute undiagnosed leukemia which led to respiratory failure from pneumonia, Chartrand said. Brinkley, who began his career at the AP in Charlotte, N.C.,

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KQED news chief Raul Ramirez dead at 67

Ramirez Raul Ramirez, executive director of news and public affairs at KQED and previously an editor and reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and Oakland Tribune, died Friday (Nov. 15) at his Berkeley home following a fight with esophageal cancer. He was 67. The Chronicle said in its obit that Ramirez was a “defining force in Bay Area journalism.” Ramirez, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July, died days before the ceremony where he was to receive a Distinguished

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Newsman Harry Press dies

Harry Press Harry Press, who worked as a reporter and editor at several newspapers and went on to start Stanford’s alumni newspaper and serve as associate editor at the Stanford News Service, died Feb. 6 in Palo Alto at age 93. According to an obit from Stanford, he was the managing director of the university’s Professional Journalism Fellowships (PJF) Program. Harry Press’ son, Tony, told the Stanford News Service that the last few weeks had been hard on his father

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Merc writer, critic Jack Fischer dies

Jack Fischer Jack Fischer, who spent 20 years at the Mercury News as a local news reporter, investigative writer and visual arts critic, died Feb. 8 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View after a two-year fight with lung cancer, the Merc reports. He was 59. As a reporter, he wrote an award-winning 1991 series on guard brutality against inmates at the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections. He did feature stories on such topics as the reopening of San

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Former KGO, KSFO host Lee Rodgers dies

Rodgers Former KSFO-AM morning host Lee Rodgers died Thursday during heart bypass surgery, according to his wife Susan and his longtime co-host, Melanie Morgan. Rodgers began his broadcasting career at WIND in Chicago in 1963 as a disc jockey and sportscaster, followed by stints at stations in St. Louis and Miami. He was the evening host on KGO 810 for 10 years. He went north to KIRO in Seattle for a year and then returned to San Francisco in 1996

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Retired Merc columnist Leigh Weimers dies

Weimers The Mercury News is reporting on its website that Leigh Weimers, a columnist who had been at that newspaper for 47 years, died this morning at age 76. On an Aug. 28 entry on his blog, Weimers said he was going to have surgery Wednesday to repair or replace a valve in his heart. Funeral arrangements are pending. Weimers retired on his 70th birthday, Nov. 11, 2005. From the obit the Merc posted today: “He was a class act

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KCBS veteran George Harris dies at 61

Harris Longtime KCBS Radio reporter George Harris died on Monday night of kidney failure, according to this Facebook post by KCBS colleague Bob Butler. Harris was 61. “He was unflappable on the air and was known as the best breaking news reporter in the Bay Area,” Butler writes. Harris began his broadcasting career in 1975 at stations in Portland and later Seattle. His KCBS bio says he started at that station in 1987 as an anchor and reporter. He became

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