Phil Bronstein

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Phil Bronstein (born 1951) was the executive vice president and editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.


Bronstein's career began as a reporter with KQED-TV in San Francisco. He would later move to the San Francisco Examiner. At the Examiner, Bronstein specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years. He has won awards for his coverage of the Philippines from the Overseas Press Club, Associated Press, the World Affairs Council and Media Alliance. Bronstein was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines and went on to cover conflicts in other parts of Southeast Asia, El Salvador, Peru and the Middle East. He was named executive editor of the Examiner in 1991, having previously served as managing editor for news. Under his service, the Examiner circulation declined rapidly, which Bronstein blamed on the afternoon delivery of the paper.

Bronstein was named executive vice president and editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in March 2003. He had been senior vice president and executive editor of the paper when Hearst Corp. bought The Chronicle. They then transferred ownership of the declining Examiner to the politically well-connected Fang family in March 2000.

After years of circulation drops, in late March 2007, Bronstein called an emergency staff meeting and reportedly stated that the news business "is broken, and no one knows how to fix it." This meeting...
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