History lives on at SF State television archive

Powerful images and historic events come to life in the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive. The collection includes more than 4,000 hours of film and video depicting programming produced from 1939 to 2005. See news, documentaries and programs from…

This mayor was a hit with the youth vote

This was no ordinary mayor. Telegenic, popular, always available. He was comfortable in front of the camera and behind the microphone, which he called a salt shaker. In his hat and morning coat he presided over his city council, never…

California’s First Newspaper

The first newspaper in California launched in Monterey on Aug. 15, 1846, with a blockbuster story: news of the declaration of war with Mexico. The paper, named The Californian, was founded by pioneering publishers Dr. Walter Colton and Robert Baylor…

Remembering Jonestown, Moscone and Milk

In November 1978 two of the biggest news stories in San Francisco’s history occurred in rapid succession: Jonestown and the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. This is a first person report. By James A. Finefrock I awoke before…

The Central City Extra Brings Tenderloin to Life

In a part of San Francisco known for drug-dealing, homelessness and poverty, a local newspaper manages to find good news, accomplished people and signs of hope. The Central City Extra doesn’t ignore problems, but it’s not blinded by them, either.…

Unhurried recognition for a world-shaking story

In May, 1945, and for several months thereafter, Edward Kennedy was the most famous reporter in the world for breaking the exclusive story of Germany’s World War II surrender. For successfully challenging a politically inspired embargo and reporting one of…

Pulitzer Prizes in Northern California

From 1934 through 2010, Northern California publications made their mark by winning the highest honor in newspapers: the Pulitzer Prize. Celebrated court cases, natural disasters, tax frauds, spectacular accidents and amazing photography all provided the material for great journalism.  …

A Hall of Fame for publishers

The California Press Association gives public recognition to outstanding newspaper people of the state, past and present, with the most coveted award being election to the California Newspaper Publishers Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame selections recognize career achievements of…

He took the photo, they took Iwo Jima

“Nice guy. Good photographer,” the young editor said after poring over pictures from Joe Rosenthal. Then came the realization: This wasn’t any old Joe. This was the photographer who riveted the world’s attention with one of the most famous photos…

S.F.’s LGBT press evolves as the city changes

From arts and culture to the AIDS epidemic to city politics, San Francisco’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender press has delivered entertainment, opinion and crucial information to Bay Area residents since the early 1970s. By Jennah Feeley Protests, parades, riots…

When scoops were king, sales followed

Back in the days of epic circulation wars, even non-news could find its way to the top of the front page, promoted in bold type. When the news was big, headlines screamed for months on end as newspapers battled to…