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History Of The San Francisco Chronicle


A Bay Area Institution
Chronicle Building, 1924

Since January 1865, the San Francisco Chronicle has faithfully and often passionately recorded the great events, famous figures, and quirky characters that have shaped the Bay Area, the nation, and the world. For much of its 140 year history, the paper has been headquartered in the very heart of The City, in the Chronicle Building at Fifth and Mission (seen here in a 1924 photo). Read more of the history of The Voice of the West here.



NEWS
Gary Anderson named new executive vice president (1/26/05)

Frank J. Vega named president and publisher (12/18/04)

End of an Era (12/6/03)
Computers replace Chronicle printers.

Think Pink--Again (11/16/03)
The Chronicle revives a Sunday tradition. Readers wax nostalgic over the return of Pink

The Little Man's blush is back! (11/16/03)
Stolen, copied, villified and parodied, the Little Man lives on.

Steven Falk named president and publisher of The Chronicle. (3/04/03)
Phil Bronstein named executive vice president and editor.

AWARDS FOR CHRONICLE COVERAGE

Chronicle writer wins social justice award (3/19/06)

Chronicle gets array of national honors (3/12/06)

Society of American Travel Writers Foundation honors 2 Chronicle staffers (9/25/05)

Food and Wine sections honored (9/18/05)

SFGate.com writer named top online columnist (7/3/05)

Chronicle wins 22 East Bay journalism awards (6/26/05)

BALCO reporters win national recognition (4/10/05)

Chronicle photographer wins Pulitzer Prize (4/5/05)

Chronicle staff members earn state, national honors (3/27/05)

Macor picked photographer of year
6 others at Chronicle honored for work by Missouri school (3/16/05)

Chronicle employees honored in reporting, photo categories (3/16/05)

Chronicle writers honored for sports steroid coverage (2/22/05)

Chronicle reporters earn national award for BALCO saga (10/10/04)

David Lazarus wins consumer award (9/26/04)

Chronicle writers honored for homeless series, travel piece (9/19/04)

Chronicle staffers recognized for gay marriage coverage (9/12/04)

Tom Stienstra wins John Reginato Conservation Award (6/13/04)

Chronicle journalists honored with awards (5/30/04)

Chronicle staff members win 13 journalism awards (4/18/04)

Seth Rosenfeld wins 2003 Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award (11/23/03)

Chronicle Food writers win five awards from Association of Food Journalists (11/09/03)

Ulysses Torassa wins 2004 David Perlman Award (11/02/03)

Jane Kay wins Career Achievement Award (10/05/03)

Chronicle honored by East Bay Press Club (6/22/03)
29 prizes in two dozen categories awarded to The Voice of the West.

Chronicle wins 6 awards from AP News Executives Council (4/06/03)

Chronicle writers honored (3/23/03)
Rosenfeld, Diaz, Van Derbeken win national prizes.

Chronicle sportswriters win AP laurels (3/02/03)

Four Chronicle reporters recognized for compelling coverage (2/16/03)

THE MERGER

Sale of Chronicle to Hearst Corporation approved. (7/27/00)

Examiner staff ends an era with tears and tales. (11/22/00)

Scott Ostler
Dawn of an era. (11/22/00)

Jon Carroll
Welcome to our ex-Ex-friends. (11/22/00)


BACKGROUND
Carl Nolte: 134 years of the Chronicle. (6/16/99)

A Chronicle timeline.

A brief history.

IN MEMORIAM

The Herb Caen Page

Allan Temko - architecture watchdog

Jack Fiske -- veteran boxing writer

Phil Elwood -- jazz and blues critic

Ellen Miller -- Chronicle mascot

Bob McLeod -- S.F. photographer of news for 33 years

Steve Gavin -- journalist, ex-city editor

Jack Smith -- retired sports reporter

  • Bruce Jenkins: Smith "a legendary rare brand of genius"

    Harry Jupiter--SF Newspaperman

    Gerry Fregoso--Longtime Bay Area newspaper editor

    King Thompson--Sports reporter, editor

    Robert O'Brien--Chronicle Columnist

    Torri Minton--Reporter, Editor, Educator

    William Cooney--Veteran Reporter

    Bill O'Brien: Reporter who led 1968 news strike

    Dean Wakefield: Journalist and Editor

    Bill Young: Chronicle Photographer

    Art Rosenbaum: The Chronicle's Voice of Sports

    Bobbie Hess: Veteran S.F. Journalist

    Pat Steger: A Newshound in Pearls

    Art Hoppe: Satirist and gentleman

  • RESOURCES
    Address:

    The San Francisco Chronicle
    901 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    415-777-1111

    Click here to view the Chronicle Address Book, with a list of staff members and their email addresses.

    Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about The Chronicle.

    ARCHIVE PHOTOGRAPHS
    Click here for a page of thumbnails and PDF images of the pictures listed below.

    Publisher and President Frank J. Vega

    Editor Phil Bronstein

    Former Publisher Steve Falk

    Former Publisher John Oppedahl

    Former CEO John B. Sias

    Former Editor William German

    Chronicle building, Market Street, 1890-1924

    Chronicle Building, circa 1924.

    Chronicle Newsroom, 1924.

    Columnist Herb Caen.

    Founder Charles deYoung.

    Founder Michael deYoung.

    Former Publisher Charles deYoung Thieriot

    Former Editor Paul C. Smith.

    Former Publisher Richard Tobin Thieriot.

    Former Publisher George Cameron.

    Former Editor Scott Newhall.

    Chronicle Newsroom, 1997.


     


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    SF Gate Special: A History Of The San Francisco Chronicle