Deborah Petersen

City work crews removed a statue of Christopher Columbus from its site near Coit Tower early Thursday June 18, 2020 after learning that a protest was planned targeting the statue. (Courtesy photo)

From The Editor: It’s time to knock American history off its pedestals

Do we really need statues of former slaveholders and men who abused indigenous people to sow the seeds of the American story?

City work crews removed a statue of Christopher Columbus from its site near Coit Tower early Thursday June 18, 2020 after learning that a protest was planned targeting the statue. (Courtesy photo)
Help the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly continue our mission of providing free, local news

Help the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly continue our mission of providing free, local news

This week, I was faced with the heartbreaking task of reducing the hours — and therefore the pay — of the very journalists who report, write, edit and photograph that news.

Help the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly continue our mission of providing free, local news
A photo by amateur photographer Breana Schmidt let San Francisco Zoo officials know that a bald eagle they released into the wild 20 years ago is still alive and well. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Breana Schmidt)

Chance encounter gives SF Zoo rare glimpse of a bald eagle it released 20 years ago

The photographer, Breana Schmidt of Anza, California read on Facebook that a bald eagle had been observed in the area

A photo by amateur photographer Breana Schmidt let San Francisco Zoo officials know that a bald eagle they released into the wild 20 years ago is still alive and well. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Breana Schmidt)
Join Us: The Examiner rolls out membership program for readers

Join Us: The Examiner rolls out membership program for readers

If you find that our journalism is valuable and relevant to your life, please join us.

Join Us: The Examiner rolls out membership program for readers
A troubling event in The Examiner’s history: Friday of the Purple Hand

A troubling event in The Examiner’s history: Friday of the Purple Hand

We like the concept of using this moment to raise awareness of the history of the gay rights movement and the price people paid for being themselves.

A troubling event in The Examiner’s history: Friday of the Purple Hand
Wall art by local artist Chad Hasegawa at the new Chase Center, which will open next week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chase Center: Opulence is the price we pay for a privately-funded arena

Despite all these nods to the team’s new/old home of San Francisco, and to those sitting in non-luxury seats it’s hard to ignore the indulgence of the exclusive offerings.

Wall art by local artist Chad Hasegawa at the new Chase Center, which will open next week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A view of Lake Baikal from one of the many outcrop vistas. (Photo by Max Oksyutik)

Travel: Exploring the wilds of Siberia and Lake Baikal

Civilized roads would remove some of the wildness of this Siberian gem, Lake Baikal.

A view of Lake Baikal from one of the many outcrop vistas. (Photo by Max Oksyutik)
A memorial at Gilroy City Hall on Monday, July 29. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

What I learned from living through the unthinkable

When I was in college decades ago, I found myself feeling a similar mix of grief, shame and disbelief.

A memorial at Gilroy City Hall on Monday, July 29. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Joining the SF Homeless Project to inspire solutions

Joining the SF Homeless Project to inspire solutions

The visibility of the problem inspires some to seek solutions, but it makes others overwhelmed, frustrated or worse, complacent.

Joining the SF Homeless Project to inspire solutions
A woman walks past a tent set up outside Kelly Paper on Howard Street in the South of Market area on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/ S.F. Examiner)

Doing good without realizing it

There’s a homeless man I see every day during my commute to The City.

A woman walks past a tent set up outside Kelly Paper on Howard Street in the South of Market area on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/ S.F. Examiner)
There are varied reasons we grant confidentiality to sources. (Courtesy photo)

How our publications decide to quote — and protect — unnamed sources

Sometimes we assume our readers know where we draw the line in acquiring information for a story.

There are varied reasons we grant confidentiality to sources. (Courtesy photo)
The South of Market Pit Stop at Sixth and Jessie streets on Friday, April 26, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s poop problem needs a 24-hour solution

A month or so ago, I was heading to catch BART at 16th & Mission after a half hour Muni ride.

The South of Market Pit Stop at Sixth and Jessie streets on Friday, April 26, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Take our online reader survey

Just prior to making my way back to journalism, I attended an intense two-week Executive Education program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The 10-question survey will take only six minutes to fill out and we would really appreciate your feedback. (Courtesy photo)
Thoughtful discourse is welcome on the San Francisco Examiner’s new website and comments section. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Let’s continue meaningful conversations on The Examiner’s new website

We launched a new website site on Monday afternoon, and for a…

Thoughtful discourse is welcome on the San Francisco Examiner’s new website and comments section. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
There are complex reasons for American's shaky confidence in the press, and it may be partly our own fault for not adequately communicating how we do what we do. (Courtesy photo)

Let’s Talk: Beginning a conversation with our readers

As the leader of a newsroom, I strive to be as transparent…

There are complex reasons for American's shaky confidence in the press, and it may be partly our own fault for not adequately communicating how we do what we do. (Courtesy photo)