Bay Citizen cuts ties with NY Times

Steven T. Jones of Bay Guardian reports that this Sunday is the last day The Bay Citizen will provide stories for The New York Times, which prints a Bay Area edition twice a week. The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit started with $5 million from the late Lehman Brothers executive Warren Hellman, has merged with the 35-year-old Center for Investigative Reporting, headed by former Chronicle editors Phil Bronstein and Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal. The Guardian headlined its piece “The Bay Citizen divorces

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Bronstein may be a witness at Mirkarimi trial

Bronstein Former Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein and his wife Christine are on the witness list for the domestic violence trial of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. The Chron’s Matier & Ross report that the Bronsteins are acquainted with Mirkarimi’s neighbor, Ivory Madison, who shot video of the bruise on the arm of Mirkarimi’s wife, former Venezuelan telenovela star Eliana Lopez. Phone records show that Madison called the former Chronicle editor twice after the New Year’s Eve incident in which Mirkarimi

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Bronstein leaving Hearst, Chronicle

Bronstein After three decades with Hearst and 17 years as its editor in chief in San Francisco, Phil Bronstein is resigning to take on a larger role at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in Berkeley, where he is currently chairman of the board. “I think after 31 years you ought to do something different,” Bronstein told SF Weekly. “It’s been an extraordinary run, and I saw the article the [SFGate] did about it — it just barely captured how

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Bronstein puts house up for sale

Bronstein The real estate website BlockShopper reports that Phil Bronstein has put his Mill Valley home up for sale for $2.395 million. BlockShopper says Bronstein paid $2,322,500 for the 3,480-square-foot home in May 2005. Bronstein stepped down as the editor of the Chronicle in January 2008. He had been Hearst Corp.’s top editor in San Francisco for 17 years. He now has the title of editor at large and is a vice president for Hearst. In 2006 he married Christine Borders,

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NYT calls Bronstein’s plagiarism claim ‘ridiculous’

The New York Times is firing back at Phil Bronstein’s (right) claim that the Old Grey Lady “borrowed” an anecdote from the Chronicle. Here’s a statement from the Times’ associate managing editor for standards, Philip B. Corbett: The suggestion in Phil Bronstein’s blog post that a New York Times reporter improperly borrowed or plagiarized from a San Francisco Chronicle article in a profile of the Oakland police chief is ridiculous.  The chief, in discussing his move to Oakland, explained his

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Bronstein accuses NYT of borrowing from Chron

The New York Times’ Bay Area section is off to a rocky start. Chron editor at large Phil Bronstein says the Times “borrowed” material from his paper for a story about the new Oakland police chief. The following is from Bronstein’s blog: A story about the new Oakland police chief, the lead and longest of four pieces in the two-page Bay Area NYTimes insert, began with a compelling anecdote:   Anthony W. Batts was enjoying a successful run as the

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Bronstein wanted Thompson to cover OJ trial

“The best idea I ever had, that never got acted on, was to have Hunter Thompson cover the O.J. Simpson trial,” Phil Bronstein tells MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman. At the time Bronstein was executive editor of the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. “We had an eight-hour negotiating session. Hunter wanted satellite dishes, an unlimited expense account and a suite or two at the Chateau Marmont. We were a dying afternoon paper with no budget.” Bronstein, now editor at large of the Chron,

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Bronstein shows Dowd SF’s news landmarks

NYT columnist Maureen Dowd (pictured) visited San Francisco and asked Chron editor-at-large Phil Bronstein to give her a “justify your existence tour.” She writes: We drove around the city for hours, looking at places where journalism had had an impact. At police headquarters, he told of The Chronicle’s coverage of police brutality that forced the department to create a database tracking misbehaving officers. He talked about the paper’s AIDS coverage as we drove through the Castro and past San Francisco

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Bronstein: Obama honeymoon is over

Chron editor at large Phil Bronstein, on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball,” said the honeymoon between the media and Obama is over. “The New York Times hasn’t exactly been an opponent of Mr. Obama’s (but) they threw all of their sharpest objects at him on Sunday.” Matthews asked Bronstein why Obama didn’t take questions from any major newspapers. “That’s a question that could be grim for me to answer. I think he was looking for diversity and he got a plus score

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