By: Joe Strupp
Nearly two years after he quit as editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, in a dispute with owner Wendy McCaw over alleged meddling in the newsroom, Jerry Roberts has reappeared at a Santa Barbara newspaper.
This time, however, Roberts is at the Santa Barbara Independent, the local alternative that has built up much of its recent reputation covering the upheavals at the News-Press. Those have included the eventual departure of some 46 staffers from the daily, the institution of a newsroom union and a string of National Labor Relations Board charges.
“A quick note to let you know I’m back writing about politics, for the Santa Barbara Independent,” Roberts stated in an e-mail to E&P, which later added: “All tips, leads and feedback welcome.”
Roberts’ blog column can be found here.
His postings began on June 19 under the page titled: “Capitol Letters,” which claims, “Jerry Roberts covers the state of Golden State politics.”
Roberts, a long-time California journalist, is one of seven newsroom staffers who quit the News-Press on July 6, 2006, claiming they were being interfered with by McCaw. Since his departure, 45 other staffers have quit or been fired. He eventually took a job with the University of California, Santa Barbara, as director of publications for several student outlets.