GEORGE BAKAN, the longtime publisher of SEATTLE GAY NEWS, passed away on June 9, 2020, while working at his desk on the newspaper he helmed since 1983. He was 78.
|Seattle Gay News’ George Bakan
BAY AREA REPORTER, based in San Francisco, announced last month that its Indiegogo fundraising appeal for another month due to a matching offer from an anonymous donor.
CHICAGO READER, published by TRACY BAIM, formerly of WINDY CITY TIMES, has released its first cookbook, “Reader Recipes: Chicago Cooks At Home.” with recipes from more than 90 of the city’s best chefs and bartenders. Books are available for purchase at chicagoreader.com/recipebook. Fifteen percent of the book’s sales will benefit COMP TAB RELIEF FUND, an alliance to help hospitality workers laid-off or furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DALLAS VOICE is among 17 newspapers in Texas, and one of only three LGBTQ newspapers nationwide, to be included in the latest round of grants handed out by the FACEBOOK JOURNALISM PROJECT, the LENFEST INSTITUTE FOR JOURNALISM and the LOCAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION. The grants are being awarded to support COVID-19 news reporting by helping fill gaps for resource-constrained local newsrooms. The newspaper also celebrated its 36th anniversary in its May 8, 2020, issue.
MONTROSE STAR, based in Houston, entered its 11th year of publication with its April 1, 2020, issue.
|Artist Debra Walker’s special
San Francisco Bay Times cover
OUR LIVES, based in Madison, Wisc., announced that it has been forced to slow down its statewide expansion efforts due to lost revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The publication also noted that it had to dip into funds earmarked for the development of its new website and its nonprofit foundation in order to sustain regular business operations.
UNITE SEATTLE celebrated its second anniversary in its Spring 2020 issue.
DEBRA WALKER, an artist who was appointed to the San Francisco Art Commission in March, created a special cover for the May 7, 2020, edition of the SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES. The image is meant to capture the social distancing aspect of the coronavirus pandemic.
THE WASHINGTON BLADE has postponed its annual summer kickoff party in Rehoboth Beach, Del., our to the coronavirus pandemic. It is now slated for Friday, September 11, as a summer closing party, if large gatherings are permitted at that time.
PETER WOLFF, editor and publisher for 35 years of INTOWNER, a community newspaper covering Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, died April 13, 2020, at his Dupont Circle home. He is survived by his partner of 48 years, Kerry Touchette. He was 84.
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