The San Francisco Chronicle, "Chronicle," "The Chron" is a print and online daily, serving the Bay Area and Northern California. It is one of the oldest dailies in the state of California with six Pultizer awards for its exceptional journalism.
Founded in `865 by brothers Charles and Michael DeYoung, it started as the Daily Dramatic Chronicle and later became the San Francisco Chronicle.
Under the DeYoung brothers' leadership, the San Francisco Chronicle expanded its coverage and became one of the leading newspapers in California. It covers a wide range of topics including politics, business, arts and culture, and news from the broader San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1880, Isaac Kalloch, upset by the newspaper's criticism of his mayoral campaign, assassinated Charles DeYoung. The event received widespread attention.
For a period of 35 years beginning in 1965, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, morning and afternoon journals, respectively, printed and distributed under a Joint Operating Agreement (JOA). Each functioned as before, but gained economies by combining production and distribution functions, and creating a shared weekly Sunday edition.
In 2000, the Hearst Corporation (owner of the rival paper, the San Francisco Examiner) purchased The Chronicle. The Hearst Corporation eventually sold the Examiner, concentrating their resources on the larger, healthier *Chronicle.”
The Chronicle is famed for its stable of talented, sometimes quirky writers, including Herb Caen, Ralph J. Gleason, Stanton Delaplane, Charles McCabe, Leah Garchik, Armistead Maupin, Jon Carroll, Lance Williams, Mark Fainaru-Wada, Tom Stienstra, Art Rosenbaum, Joel Selvin and Allan Temko.
Caen, lauded for his distinctive and humorous writing style, gained prominence for his columns including "It's News to Me" and "Baghdad by the Bay." His work covered a wide range of topics, including local politics, social events, and everyday life in the Bay. He earned Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his writing.
Additional distinguished journalists at the Chronicle include Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada who collaborated on the investigative articles collected in the book Game of Shadows, about the Barry Bonds/BALCO steroid scandal. Their work uncovered the extensive use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Jason Giambi and several high profile athletes.
Additionally, the Chronicle distinguished itself from competition and engaged readers through its unique approaches like the pink section and the sporting green. The Pink Section was fondly known for its distinctive pink-tinted pages, which made it easily recognizable in the newspaper. It provided information about theater productions, art exhibitions, music concerts, film screenings, restaurant reviews, and other cultural happenings in and around San Francisco. The Sporting Green is a popular section dedicated to covering sports news, events, and analysis related to the Bay Area and beyond. Readers can find comprehensive coverage of a wide range of sports, including professional and college teams, as well as local and national sporting events. It covers popular Bay Area teams like the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, and San Jose Sharks, among others.While the green continues to be a sturdy part of the daily, cost cutting measures and the need to keep up with evolving media led to the discontinuation of the pink section.
The Chronicle follows a print and digital subscription based business model starting at 25¢.
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