Michael Howerton has been named editor in chief of The San Francisco Examiner and vice president of editorial at the San Francisco Print Media Co., which publishes The Examiner, SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Howerton brings to the role deep experience in newspapers, online media and editorial startups. He is a former online editor for The Wall Street Journal, news editor for The Daily, managing editor of Contently and most recently editor in chief of 1World Online.
This new role is a homecoming for Howerton, a San Francisco native who was assistant managing editor and managing editor at The Examiner from 2009 to 2011. Out of college, he began his career in journalism as an intern at the Bay Guardian.
"The Examiner is San Francisco's hometown newspaper," Howerton said. "I am thrilled to be back and proud to be working with the talented staff at The Examiner, SF Weekly and the Bay Guardian to deliver the vital and lively stories that The City deserves. My aim is to have our family of papers provide unsurpassed and indispensable local coverage to all those who live and work in San Francisco."
Before joining The Examiner in 2009, Howerton had led the Berkeley Daily Planet as managing editor for six years. As a reporter at various newspapers, he has garnered numerous awards for news reporting.
"We are very excited to have Michael return to the company," said Todd Vogt, co-owner, president and publisher of the San Francisco Print Media Co. "His experience will be invaluable to the papers as we continue to deliver comprehensive and engaging content, and further expand our coverage of San Francisco and the Bay Area both in print and online."