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    September 13, 2004      File #
    Contact: Karen Brodsky, University Library, (707) 664-4240


Political Reporting Veterans Belva Davis and Pete Golis Tell Stories From the Front Lines

She was the first African American woman television reporter on the West Coast. He’s been a political editor and columnist for more than 30 years, covering such issues as Prop. 13 and coastal protection.

Belva Davis and Pete Golis come together on Thursday, Sept. 30, in a lively discussion of the issues of voter and civic engagement and what it means to be part of a democratic society, particularly on the West coast.

Davis and Golis’ session, "From the Front Lines: Stories of Political Reporting," takes place from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Room 3001 in the University Library at Sonoma State University. The session will be moderated by Jonathan Blease, Public Affairs Director for radio and television station KRCB.

Discussion topics will include the editorial decision-making process of covering candidates and elections, how media deals with “spin” in political advertising, the limitations and advantages of the various mediums (radio, TV, print, electronic) and more. A question and answer period concludes the discussion.

Davis began her reporting career working for KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. From 1977 to 1981, she anchored the acclaimed nightly news on KQED, San Francisco’s public television station. She joined KRON-TV, the NBC affiliate in 1981 as the anchor and urban affairs specialist.

Davis has covered many major stories over the past two decades and has interviewed almost every major political figure in California. She earned six Emmy Awards and was honored with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1996.

Golis began his work as reporter for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in 1966 after graduating with a degree in political science from Sonoma State University. In 1970, he put his political science degree to work as the newspaper’s political editor and columnist.

Traveling regularly to Sacramento to report on the State legislature, he wrote about the major issues of that period. In 1979, he moved to Sacramento where he became the Press Democrat’s Capitol correspondent.

Golis returned to Sonoma County in 1983 to write editorials for the paper. In 1985, after the Press Democrat was purchased by the New York Times, Golis was named editorial page editor and, in 1987, Editorial Director.

His editorials have won California Newspaper Publishers Association and Best of the West Awards. In 1988, a poll of Sonoma County leaders identified him as one of the county’s 10 most influential people.

Jonathan Blease comes to KRCB from his work at two non-profit organizations, The Just Think Foundation and Global Exchange. He grew up in England, New Zealand, and the United States and has been involved with communication—primarily in the media and entertainment worlds most of his life—as a photojournalist, director, producer and host.

In October, he hosts the new KRCB public affairs show "Making the Connection," focusing, initially, on the upcoming presidential election.

"From the Front Lines" is part of a 3-month series entitled It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote. The series explores the vast notion of voting, civic engagement, and the meaning of living in a democratic society through lectures, panel discussions, workshops, art exhibitions, performances, and class projects. A schedule can be found at

For further information, contat Karen Brodsky, University Library, (707) 664-4240.

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