Senior editor of Oakland Tribune to deliver Fall Press Day keynote

Martin G. Reynolds, co-founder of Oakland Voices, to speak about ground-breaking community storytelling project

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This year’s keynote speaker Martin G. Reynolds is Bay Area News Group senior editor for community engagement and the former editor of the Oakland Tribune.

He began his career at the Oakland Tribune as a Chips Quinn Scholar intern in 1995, covering everything from homicides to economic development to quilting.

Since then he’s worked his way through the ranks as a reporter, assistant city editor, associate editor for special projects, managing editor and finally editor-in-chief in May 2008. He served as editor-in-chief until Dec. 2011 when he moved into a new regional role focusing on community engagement. Martin is also an at-large board member of the Associated Press Media Editors.

Reynolds was one of the lead editors on the award-winning Chauncey Bailey Project, a media coalition continuing the work of slain Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. He has fostered relationships with academic and philanthropic institutions to expand the Oakland Tribune’s reach and serves on the board of directors of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Reynolds has spearheaded numerous other innovative projects in the community.

In 2013, Reynolds was named Innovator of the Year by the Tribune’s parent company, Digital First Media, for co-founding Oakland Voices, the Tribune’s ground-breaking community storytelling project, and Oakland Effect, the Tribune’s violence reporting fellowship that focuses on the impacts of trauma on the community. Oakland Voices has graduated more than 20 correspondents and published more than 200 stories online and in print.

He has also overseen the implementation of a student news bureau program with San Francisco State University and the University of California-Berkeley. Reynolds has also brokered the creation of a media access center at the West Oakland branch of the public library. The center is part of the Tribune’s effort to approach community journalism in a new way, and to help make ethnic media and other media accessible to the public.

Martin is a Bay Area native. He was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and moved to Oakland in 2000. He lives in West Oakland with his wife and two children.

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