The Coronado News, a 24-hour news website and direct mail weekly newspaper, has come to the Crown City.
The free site, thecoronadonews.com, launched on Jan. 31, and will cover Coronado City Hall, schools, small businesses, tourism and the Navy.
In addition, the site will include the venerable Parade magazine and have state and national sports, entertainment and business coverage.
The Coronado News plans to deliver by mail a weekly broadsheet newspaper to all city residents and businesses by the end of February.
The newspaper is led by Craig Harris, who begins his 32nd year in journalism and most recently worked at USA TODAY as a business investigative reporter. Harris was the lead writer when The Arizona Republic of the USA TODAY Network was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious honor.
Joining The News is Dennis Wagner, who earned a Pulitzer Prize while working for USA TODAY and The Arizona Republic. His career started 46 years ago with a job at the former Coronado Journal.
Staff writers include Julieta Soto and Madeline Yang.
Soto will cover education and some small business stories, and she’s a graduate of UC Berkeley where she studied English, Spanish and Journalism. Yang will cover City Hall and the Navy, and she’s a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University.
The News also has a group of interns from Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego State University who will cover sports, entertainment and do general assignment stories. They are Cade Cavin, Sofie Fransen, Nick Hancock, Anthony Le Calvez and Willem Quigley.
The News also will have an editorial board led by Paul Huntsman, the majority owner of The News, and Amy Hall, a cancer survivor who heads a non-profit that prepares for and arranges the delivery of fresh and healthy meals to individuals battling cancer.
Huntsman and Hall have homes on Coronado.
The News will begin running editorials when its print edition begins, and it welcomes letters to the editor and guest columns.
Huntsman is credited for saving The Salt Lake Tribune, when he bought the financially struggling newspaper in 2016. A year later, the paper won the Pulitzer Prize. He then turned the paper into a nonprofit operation, the first of its kind, and he currently is chairman of The Tribune’s board of directors.
“We look forward to engaging the citizens, businesses, and institutions throughout Coronado, and bringing exceptional journalism to the island,” Huntsman said. “My mother was born in San Diego, and together, my family has held close ties to Coronado for almost 60 years.”
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