North Bay Business Journal Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher Brad Bollinger has been named publisher of the business-to-business paper, which covers Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Mendocino and Lake counties, according to sources close to the paper. Bollinger has been the editor and associate publisher since 2005, after the New York Times Co., then owner of the Press Democrat, bought the paper from Ken Clark and Randy Sloan, founders of the publication.
Prior to joining the Business Journal Bollinger was the business editor and columnist at the Press Democrat, joining that paper in 1990.
According to his bio on the Business Journal site:
During his time as business editor the Press Democrat won several “Best in Business” awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and a Polk Award for the 2005 series on globalization, “Global Shift.” Bollinger has a journalism degree from San Jose State University and master’s in communication from CSU, Chico. His 1983 master’s thesis on newspaper ombudsmen was the subject of articles in Columbia Journalism Review and Editor & Publisher. In 1990, he was among the attendees at the inaugural Summer Institute for Economics for Journalists created by the Foundation for American Communications.
The North Bay Business Journal is now owned by the local investment firm Sonoma Media Industries along with the Press Democrat, the Petaluma Argus and numerous associated publications and websites.