Commentator Wayne Shannon found dead

 Wayne Shannon The AP is reporting that hunters in Idaho have found the decomposed body of Wayne Shannon, a commentator and feature reporter on KRON in the 1980s. Investigators say evidence gathered at the scene suggests the 64-year-old Shannon took his own life. He had been missing for several months. Gerald Wayne Schetzle, who went by the name Wayne Shannon in his TV career, was found on April 28 south of Grangeville. An autopsy found no signs of physical trauma,

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KRON, KPIX news editor Alex Johnson dies

Alex Jonsson, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning news editor who worked at KRON and KPIX, has died of cancer. He was 70. Born in Los Angeles, Jonsson moved to San Mateo in 1955 and graduated from San Mateo High and Cal State Hayward. He worked as a news editor for KRON from 1967 to his retirement in 2005, then continued to work at KPIX until January of this year. During his career he won six local Emmy awards, one national

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Veteran political reporter Rollin Post dead at 81

Rollin Post Rollin Post, a political reporter for KPIX, KQED and KRON who covered nine presidential campaigns and 18 national political conventions, died Monday at his home in Corte Madera. He was 81. His family said the cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The LA Times said of his 40-year career: “In an era of fluffy news and blow-dried personalities, Post remained a throwback to the era of his broadcast hero, Edward R. Murrow. He was not always

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Longtime Examiner newsman Gale Cook dies

Gale Cook Gale Cook, who covered the Zebra murders among other major stories in his four decades at the San Francisco Examiner, died in his sleep Tuesday at his home in San Rafael. He was 92. From the Marin Independent Journal obit: As a reporter, he covered stories ranging from the 1953 Korean War prisoner exchange and the 1974 trial of four black Muslims convicted of the Zebra murders in San Francisco to five executions in what he considered “torture”

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Los Altos Town Crier co-founder dies

David MacKenzie, who co-founded the Los Altos Town Crier in 1947 and was publisher until 1972, died July 31 in Los Altos Hills after years of declining health. He was 93. MacKenzie and Warren Goodrich initially started the Town Crier as a small advertising-only publication. The paper soon became known for its wit and irreverence. MacKenzie led the way with humorous observations on local life in his “Under the Oak” column, which ran from the Town Crier’s editorial beginnings in

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Former SFO spokesman Ron Wilson dies at 70

Ron Wilson, the spokesman for San Francisco International Airport for 43 years, has died over the weekend at age 70, KGO-TV ABC7 reports. After Wilson’s retirement from SFO, he became an aviation consultant for ABC7. ABC7’s Wayne Freedman recalled that Wilson was uncannily honest and trusted reporters: In the days before tightened security, Wilson would load reporters into his airport sedan and onto the tarmac, close enough to practically touch the planes. Later, as ABC7’s aviation consultant, he provided a

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Eric ‘Dr. Rock’ Isralow, 67, dies

Eric ‘Dr. Rock’ Isralow Eric “Dr. Rock” Isralow, a longtime Bay Area radio personality and one of the first rock historians, has died at age 67, the Chronicle reported this morning. Isralow wrote academic papers on rock ‘n’ roll and traveled across the country giving lectures on the subject. In the 1980s, he worked at several Bay Area radio stations, including KYA-FM and KSFX-FM. The night John Lennon was killed, he spoke on KCBS-FM for almost five hours. “That was

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David Dietz, investigative reporter, dies at 70

Dietz David Dietz, an investigative reporter and editor who worked at the Examiner, the Chronicle, TheStreet.com and Bloomberg News, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Healdsburg. He was 70. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s obit said that Dietz’s last in-depth article for Bloomberg Markets in March showed how some corporations took federal tax credits meant to reduce poverty and used them instead for developing office buildings and luxury hotels. His report, “Gaming the system,” led the U.S. Treasury

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Stan Whitty, a hands-on circulation director, dies

Stan Whitty, who ran the circulation departments at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Marin Independent Journal and other newspapers during his career, died May 5 in Lompoc after a long illness. He was 64. The Press Democrat’s obit notes that Whitty wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, and when a carrier wouldn’t show up, he’d deliver the route himself. He was also known for his unique prizes for paperboys who signed up the most subscribers, said Darrell Bertacco, a

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Reporter Gregory Lewis dead at 57

Gregory Lewis Gregory Lewis, a former San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle reporter who most recently had worked at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, died Tuesday at a hospital in Pembroke Pines, Fla., after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. His specialty was the small story scooped from the street, or the din of a barbershop, that took readers into worlds they had never visited, his Chron obit said. Lewis, 57, was recruited to the Florida newspaper by Sharon Rosenhause, former Examiner

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