Our speaker on February 27 will be Ward H. Bushee, Executive Vice President and editor of the SF Chronicle.
Ward H. Bushee was named executive vice president and editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008. He had been the editor and vice president of The Arizona Republic since November 2002.
For 21 years, Bushee had been a top editor for Gannett Company, Inc. At The Arizona Republic, he directed the news staff for Arizona's largest newspaper and the 10th largest newspaper in the nation. In 2007, he led the staff in the transformation to an Information Center that delivers news and information to The Arizona Republic, www.azcentral.com, community newspapers and several magazines.
Prior to his post at The Arizona Republic, Bushee had been editor and vice president of The Cincinnati Enquirer, beginning in January 1999. He also had been the top editor for the Reno (Nev.) Gazette- Journal and the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader.
During his time at Gannett, Bushee was named Editor of the Year three times and 11 times won the company's President’s Ring, awarded to outstanding top editors. Under his leadership, the Reno Gazette-Journal and The Arizona Republic respectively were honored with Newspaper of the Year awards.
Bushee is a member of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Endowment Board of Trustees at Arizona State University. He serves on the Program Committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.
The Chronicle is Northern California's largest newspaper. It was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael deYoung. The newspaper has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence.