Scott Newhall (January 21, 1914 – October 26, 1992) was a newspaper editor known for his stewardship of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Scott Newhall
Born(1914-01-21)January 21, 1914
DiedOctober 26, 1992(1992-10-26) (aged 78)
Resting placeSan Mateo, California
Spouse(s)Ruth Waldo

Early lifeEdit

Scott Newhall was born on January 21, 1914, into the family that owned the Newhall Land and Farming Company.[1] In 1933, in the midst of his sophomore year at U.C. Berkeley, he married Ruth Waldo.[1][2]

Newspaper careerEdit

In 1934, Newhall joined the San Francisco Chronicle as a photographer. By 1952, he was executive editor. He left in 1971, leaving a legacy of zany stories and other antics meant to boost circulation.[3][4][1]

In 1963, he purchased The Newhall Signal, which he sold in 1978 but continued to edit until 1988.[5]

In 2012, he was inducted into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame.[6]

Paddlewheel tug Eppleton HallEdit

In 1970, Newhall purchased, refurbished, and sailed from England to San Francisco the 1914 River Tyne paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall, which was donated to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.[7][8][9][10]

1971 San Francisco mayoral campaignEdit

In 1971, Newhall campaigned to become mayor of San Francisco. He came in 5th place, getting 8,704 votes, or 3.44% of total votes cast.[11]


On October 26, 1992, Newhall died at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, which was named after his great-grandfather. He had been suffering from acute pancreatitis. He was 78 years of age.[1]

See alsoEdit


Works citedEdit

  • Bean, Walton (1973). California: An Interpretive History (Second ed.). McGraw-Hill, Inc. p. 454. ISBN 0-07-004224-1. The San Francisco Chronicle passed from J. H. de Young to his son-in-law George T. Cameron in 1925, and to de Young's grandson Charles de Young Thieriot 30 years later. Under Cameron and his general manager Paul S. Smith the Chronicle made a valiant though generally thankless effort to be a West Coast New York Times. But under Thieriot and his executive editor Scott Newhall the Chronicle launched a much more successful drive to out-Hearst the Examiner in entertainment.
  • Caen, Herb (October 18, 1972). "Herb Caen". San Francisco Chronicle. Scott Newhall, guiding spirit of the S.F. Maritime Museum ever since he helped found it in 1948, has submitted his resignation as a trustee, reportedly because 'the cost accountants have taken over.' One good reason for his pique: the ancient tug, Eppleton Hall, which he sailed here from England in a daring exploit and then presented to the Museum, still lies unused along the waterfront because 'the cost accountants' won't lay out the piddling $8600 it would take to turn her into a public museum. Newhall put a quarter of a million dollars and several buckets of blood, sweat and tears into that old ship and at the moment it all seems down the drain.
  • Caen, Herb (November 1, 1994). "Herb Caen". San Francisco Chronicle. Mick Jagger loves what's left of our historic waterfront. Last Tues., he took his son to the Maritime Museum, and on Thurs. he showed up at the Hyde St. Pier with his wife, Jerry Hall. The apple of his eye: the paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall, which Scott Newhall, then exec editor of The Chronicle, sailed here from England in an epic 1970 voyage.
  • Gorney, Cynthia (January–February 1999). "The State of The American Newspaper: The Battle Of the Bay". American Journalism Review. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  • Newhall, Ruth Waldo (January 1996). "The Life And Times Of Scott Newhall". Old Town Newhall Gazette. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  • Newhall, Scott (1971). The Eppleton Hall. Berkeley: Howell-North Books. ISBN 0-8310-7085-4. LCCN 73-175451.
  • Nolte, Carl (January 25, 2014). "Eppleton Hall ("Eppie") remembrance". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  • "San Francisco Mayor: 1971". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  • Saxon, Wolfgang (October 28, 1992). "Scott Newhall, 78, Newspaper Editor In San Francisco". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  • SCVNews (December 4, 2012). "Scott Newhall to Enter Calif. Newspaper Hall of Fame" (Press release). Retrieved April 2, 2018 – via SCVTV.
  • Stassel, Stephanie (October 28, 1992). "Flamboyant Newspaper Editor Scott Newhall, 78". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2018.

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