The slain editor of the Oakland Post has been named Journalist of the Year by the local chapter of a national journalism organization.
The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists decided to honor Chauncey Bailey, 57, editor of the Oakland Post, for his commitment to his work.
“His death is a loss to the Bay Area community he served, to the young journalists he mentored, and to the profession of journalism he so passionately practiced,” the organization said in a statement.
Bailey was a longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune before becoming editor of the Post, a weekly newspaper that focuses on the San Francisco Bay area’s black community.
Bailey’s colleagues said he’d been investigating a Black Muslim splinter group that operates a bakery chain known as Your Black Muslim Bakery when he was ambushed and shot Aug. 2 in downtown Oakland.
Devaughndre Broussard, a handyman at the Bakery, was charged with murder after he confessed to killing Bailey. But Broussard’s attorney later said his client was coerced into the confession.
Bailey had started writing about the organization, which was founded as a haven for struggling urban families and sold natural baked goods, when its founder was charged with rape in Alameda County. Most of the charges were dropped, but one was pending when the organization’s founder, Yusuf Bey, died in 2003.
Bailey and other winners will be honored at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards dinner on November 8.