Ebone Monet

By Rick Griffin

KPBS-TV announced that San Diego native Ebone Monet has been named a new anchor for “Evening Edition,” a half-hour newscast airing weekdays at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Monet’s first newscast was July 22. Her next newscast will be July 29 since “Evening Edition” will be preempted July 25-28 by PBS network coverage of the Democratic National Convention. Monet succeeds Dwane Brown who left the station last year for a job with National Public Radio. Brown had been with KPBS since 2005.

Monet was previously at WRTV, an ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, IN, for five years, and at KTHV in Little Rock, AR, for four years. In Indiana, she covered such events as the Indy 500 and Super Bowl XLVI. In Arkansas, she covered a variety of natural disaster news stories, including the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak and recovery effort and the 2010 flash floods that killed 20 people in the Ouachita National Forest.

“I am so happy to be back home in San Diego,” said Monet, who graduated from San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, a public arts magnet high school in southeastern San Diego. “I am passionate about journalism and the chance to report for the people. I am so excited KPBS has given me an opportunity to do what I love in the city that I love.”

“Evening Edition” marks its fifth anniversary in September.

Union-Tribune Exec Named Publisher-Editor of Pennsylvania Paper

After 20 years in San Diego with the San Diego Union-Tribune in various editorial, sales and business development positions, Robert York is leaving to become publisher and editor-in-chief at The Morning Call Media Group based in Allentown, Penn. York, a third-generation Pennsylvanian, begins his new job Aug. 9.

The Morning Call Media Group, the largest media company in the Lehigh Valley, publishes The Morning Call newspaper, The Morning Call Weekly, The Morning Call Select, Indulge Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Bride and Groom, Go Street and Hoy fin de semana. York becomes The Morning Call’s fifth publisher in the past year. He succeeds Terry Rang, the associate editor who had been interim publisher and editor-in-chief since David Erdman retired in May.

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The Morning Call is owned by tronc, formerly the Tribune Publishing Co., which owns the San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant.

In 1996, York relocated from the Copley Los Angeles Newspaper Group to join the Union-Tribune as director of photography. He was named managing editor in 2006 with responsibility for visuals, sports, entertainment and features. In 2010, he moved to the business side to serve as director of project management and product development. In 2013, he was named senior director for strategic initiatives and was promoted in 2015 to VP of strategy and operations with assignments in business development, sales, platform development and marketing. He oversaw the launch Vida Latina San Diego, a Spanish-language entertainment and lifestyle weekly, Discover SD, a weekly entertainment tabloid, plus the acquisition of Pacific San Diego Magazine, a monthly publication targeted at millennials. The Pacific Magazine deal closed in mid-June, and July’s issue was the first under the tronc ownership.

“Robert not only cares deeply about the mission of journalism, but in applying the right strategy and focus to ensure our exceptional content continues to engage and inspire our readers for years to come,” said Tim Ryan, president of tronc Media. “Robert will infuse collaboration among our technology, advertising and editorial teams and experiment with new and innovative approaches as we transform our business to sustain success well into the future.”

“I am extremely honored and excited about this new opportunity,” said York. “I am committed to ensuring that The Morning Call continues its legacy of excellence in news and reporting, while working to expand its voice and drive deeper engagement with our audiences across all channels. I look forward to partnering with the talented leaders and staff at The Morning Call to continue the transformational work underway.”

SPJ San Diego Presents Annual Journalism Awards

San Diego’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented more than 200 reporting and writing awards at its recent awards dinner held July 21 at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island.

Mario Koran of Voice of San Diego was named as 2016 Journalist of the Year. Koran, who covers education, wrote about the unethical activities of former San Diego Unified School District board president Marne Foster who resigned in February and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Koran delivered a moving speech about his recovery from alcoholism and how journalism has changed his life.

Other special awards included: KPBS-TV, “The Right to Die in California,” Sol Price Prize for Responsible Journalism; Escondido Magazine, “Here’s the dirt on the cleaning lady,” Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for humor; The Southern Cross, “Building Miracles in Tijuana,” Jim Julian Memorial Award; San Diego Union-Tribune, Diversity Award; East County Magazine, First Amendment Award; NBC 7, “Stolen Wishes,” Neil Morgan Community Impact Award; Voice of San Diego, “Chargers Stadium Coverage,” Wildcard Award.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.spjsandiego.org.

Oster Agency Marks 30-Year Anniversary

Branding agency Oster and Associates of San Diego recently celebrated its 30th year in business. Founded in July 1986 by Bev Oster, the family-owned firm started with one client and has grown to a mid-size, boutique advertising and public relations company with 10 full-time employees and a current client roster that includes local, national and international organizations in the agriculture, civil planning and engineering, hospitality, landscaping, nonprofit and sports industries.

The agency recently received recognition certificates from elected officials, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Congresswoman Susan Davis, State Sen. Marty Block and State Assembly member Toni Atkins. A joint city-county resolution declared July 14 to be Oster and Associates Day.

“As three decades proves, our agency has a long track record of building brands for companies of all sizes as well as being actively involved with charitable organizations in the community,” said Oster. “It has been so much fun looking back to where our agency started, seeing where we are today and envisioning where the company will be heading over the next 30 years.”

Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and marketing consultant. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in Times of San Diego.

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