San Francisco non-profit news start up

25 Sep 2009

Wealthy investor F. Warren Hellman, public radio station KQED-FM in San Francisco, Calif. and the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism are teaming up to produce a new Bay Area non-profit news site. Planned to launch in 2010, the project still has no name and no editor - but it does have $5 million from Hellman.

We talked to Scott Walton, KQED executive direc

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Mark Whittaker

Mark Whittaker joined the AIM Group as sales director in March 2009. His career in newspapers spans 30 years as a reporter, editor and online manager. He spent seven years as online managing editor and online director for and the Tribune-Review Publishing Co. in Pittsburgh, and later worked as interactive media director for Beaver Newspapers Inc. in suburban Pittsburgh. At Beaver Newspapers, he was responsible for day-to-day advertising, design and operation of the company’s Web sites, supervising a staff of eight. At Tribune-Review, he oversaw about 20 Web sites, including ad sales, coordination between the Web sites and affiliated newspapers, and negotiating partnership agreements. He is based near Pittsburgh.