Bay City News

Bay City News is a wire service based in the San Francisco Bay Area that focuses on general interest news. It employs about 25 reporters and editors and is overseen by veteran journalist Katherine Ann Rowlands.


Established in 1979, Bay City News employs about 25 reporters and editors who cover the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The service feeds 100 TV, radio, print and digital newsrooms around the clock. It also serves businesses, PR firms and government agencies in need of information about where people live, work and play in the nine-county area. As the region's only general-interest wire service, Bay City News plays a vital role in keeping communities informed, whether it be through breaking news reports, up-to-date disaster information, civic affairs, public event coverage, or updates on local criminal and appellate court cases. It also covers the big topics of the day, including housing, transportation, immigration and the environment. The company has a nonprofit affiliate, Bay City News Foundation, which uses philanthropic support to fill the news gaps in the region and publish community stories at

In 2018, journalist Katherine Ann Rowlands, a Berkeley, California native and John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, purchased the company.

Richard Fogel (1923–2009),[1] one of the three founders, helped craft principles of the Freedom of Information Act. He also served as chairman of the National Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists.[2] In 1989, Fogel was awarded the James Madison Freedom of Information Career Achievement Award.[3] As Fogel worked as editor and publisher, his wife Marcia ran the entertainment coverage and partner Wayne Futak served as general manager until he sold the company in 2018.

Newsrooms that subscribeEdit

Bay City News counts nearly 100 subscribers among its clients, from TV stations such as KGO-TV Channel-7 to radio broadcasters such as KCBS Radio, to newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and The New York Times.

The service also serves digital-only clients such as the Piedmont Exedra and SFGate.


  1. ^ Futak, Wayne (September 10, 2009). "Obit: Dick Fogel, Bay City News Service founder, and long-time FAC supporter, at 86". First Amendment Coalition. Bay City News. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Brugmann, Bruce (September 12, 2009). "Dick Fogel, journalist and FOI legend, 1923-2009". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved June 26, 2013 – via 48 Hills.
  3. ^ Jones, Carolyn (September 15, 2009). "Richard Fogel, Bay City News co-founder, dies". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2013.

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