Mary Ratcliff has edited the San Francisco Bay View, a newspaper based in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, for 20 years. She will be honored today as part of Flyaway Productions’ 10 Women Campaign.
What are you most proud of during your time at the Bay View? One of the biggest things is the number of people who have begun writing [for the paper]. There are a number of people who were very young when they first started, and they’ve really become pillars of their community. We’ve certainly made a difference politically.
How has the Bayview changed in the past 20 years? There’s been a black exodus from San Francisco, and that’s been devastating in many ways. But it’s still people of color, people at the bottom of the economic ladder. It’s very common to hear grass-roots people say, “We have a lot in common.”
How does it feel to be recognized? I’m not accustomed to it, so I don’t know how to feel. I don’t operate in the spotlight at all. I see myself as just a facilitator, trying to get the news out.