San Francisco Media Company welcomed a new editor-in-chief this fall, overseeing the editorial side of the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Weekly and San Francisco Evergreen.
A first-generation college graduate, Deborah Petersen started her journalism career working for the Hartford Courant in her home state of Connecticut. She later moved to the Bay Area and worked for the San Jose Mercury News. Over the seven years she was there, she spanned jobs ranging from enterprise editor to features editor to social media editor.
“I am excited to have Deborah join our team,” said Jay Curran, San Francisco Media Company publisher. “I am confident her vast experience managing editorial teams, along with her in-depth knowledge on growing readership both in print and digital, will help deliver great content to our readers.”
Petersen served most recently as editorial director at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, but said she couldn’t pass up the chance to work at San Francisco Media Company.
“To have an opportunity to lead a news organization with such strong storytellers, in a world-class city, in a community where people really care about what’s happening — was just an opportunity I couldn’t resist,” she said.
“I’m proud there are so many community contributors, columnists and op-ed contributors,” Petersen said. “It’s very clear people are involved in the San Francisco community and not shy about expressing opinions, which I always think is a really good thing.”