SF Bay Guardian shutters after 48 years
October 15, 2014
One of the West’s first and most widely-known alternative newspapers, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, closed its doors Tuesday. Editor Steven T. Jones, a former star reporter for San Luis Obispo’s New Times, said the announcement took his entire staff by surprise and that today’s will be the last issue. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The newspaper was founded in 1966 by Bruce Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble, and enjoyed nearly a half-century of progressive successes in a city with a strong liberal leaning.
The San Francisco Media Company bought the Bay Guardian in 2012. Brugmann had been laying off employees at the time. Analysts said the Bay Guardian’s readers, like those of newspapers nationwide, have been migrating to online sources and social media for their news.
Jones jokingly said the paper is available for “fire-sale” prices.