Early life[ edit ] Brown was born in Mineolaa small segregated town in east Texas marked by racial tensions,  to Minnie Collins Boyd and Lewis Brown. Brown was the fourth of five children. His first job was a shoeshine boy in a whites-only barber shop. McFarland High Schoolwhich he later described as substandard and left for San Francisco in August at the age of 17 to live with his uncle.
The paper's first office was in a building at the corner of Bush and Kearney Streets. The brothers then commissioned a building from Burnham and Root at Market Street at the corner of Third and Kearney Streets to be their new headquarters, in what became known as Newspaper Row.
The new building, San Francisco's first skyscraper, was completed in It was damaged in the earthquake, but it was rebuilt under the direction of William Polk, Burnham's associate in San Sf chronicle business reporters.
That building, known as the "Old Chronicle Building" or the "DeYoung Building", still stands and was restored in It is an historic landmark and is the location of the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences.
It was designed by Charles Peter Weeks and William Peyton Day in the Gothic Revival architecture style, but most of the Gothic Revival detailing was removed in when the building was re-clad with stucco.
This building remains the Chronicle's headquarters inalthough other concerns are located there as well. Newhall's Chronicle included investigative reporting by such journalists as Pierre Salingerwho later played a prominent role in national politics, and Paul Averythe staffer who pursued the trail of the self-named " Zodiac Killer ", who sent a cryptogram in three sections in letters to the Chronicle and two other papers during his murder spree in the late s.
The newspaper grew in circulation to become the city's largest, overtaking the rival San Francisco Examiner. The demise of other San Francisco dailies through the late s and early s left the Examiner and the Chronicle to battle for circulation and readership superiority.
Joint operating agreement JOA [ edit ] The competition between the Chronicle and Examiner took a financial toll on both papers until the summer ofwhen a merger of sorts created a Joint Operating Agreement under which the Chronicle became the city's sole morning daily while the Examiner changed to afternoon publication which ultimately led to a declining readership.
The newspapers were officially owned by the San Francisco Newspaper Agency, which managed sales and distribution for both newspapers and was charged with ensuring that one newspaper's circulation did not grow at the expense of the other.
Revenue was split equally, which led to a situation widely understood to benefit the Examiner, since the Chronicle, which had a circulation four times larger than its rival, subsidized the afternoon newspaper. From on the two papers shared a single classified-advertising operation.
This arrangement stayed in place until the Hearst Corporation took full control of the Chronicle in Push into the suburbs[ edit ] Bill German,left, the Chronicle's editor emeritus and Page One Editor Jack Breibart in the newsroom, March Beginning in the early s, the Chronicle started to face competition beyond the borders of San Francisco.
The newspaper had long enjoyed a wide reach as the de facto "newspaper of record" in Northern California, with distribution along the Central Coast, the Inland Empire and even as far as Honolulu, Hawaii.
There was little competition in the Bay Area suburbs and other areas that the newspaper served, but as Knight Ridder consolidated the San Jose Mercury News in ; purchased Contra Costa Times in ; and while Media News Group Denver purchased all other East Bay newspapers bythe Chronicle realized it had to step up its suburban coverage.
The Chronicle launched five zoned sections to appear in the Friday edition of the paper. The sections covered San Francisco, and four different suburban areas.
They each featured a unique columnist, enterprise pieces and local news specific to the community. The newspaper added 40 full-time staff positions to work in the suburban bureaus. Despite the push to focus on suburban coverage, the Chronicle was hamstrung by the Sunday edition, which, being produced by the San Francisco-centric "un-Chronicle" Examiner, had none of the focus on the suburban communities that the Chronicle was striving to cultivate.
Mary's Cathedral, which burned down in The frequent bold-faced, all-capital-letter headlines typical of the Chronicle's front page were eliminated. Editor Ward Bushee's note heralded the issue as the start of a "new era" for the Chronicle.
On July 6,the paper unveiled some alterations to the new design that included yet newer section fronts and wider use of color photographs and graphics.
In a special section publisher Frank J. Vega described new, state-of-the-art printing operations enabling the production of what he termed "A Bolder, Brighter Chronicle.
Such moves are similar to those made by other prominent American newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinelwhich in unveiled radically new designs even as changing reader demographics and general economic conditions necessitated physical reductions of the newspapers.
On November 9,the Chronicle became the first newspaper in the nation to print on high-quality glossy paper. Audrey Cooper was named editor-in-chief in January and is the first woman to hold the position. The editorial page editor is John Diaz. Mercer, who also oversees the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Web[ edit ] The online versions of the newspaper are at SFGate. SFGate was one of the earliest major market newspaper websites to be launched, having done so inat the time of The Newspaper Guild strike ; meanwhile the union published its own news website, San Francisco Free Press.
Despite an illustrious and long history, the paper's news reportage is not as extensive as in the past. The current day Chronicle has followed the trend of other American newspapers, devoting increasing attention to local and regional news and cultural and entertainment criticism to the detriment of the paper's traditionally strong national and international reportage, though the paper does maintain a Washington, D.
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