It was ten years ago this week that five top editors at the Santa Barbara News-Press resigned. They claimed the newspaper’s wealthy publisher, Wendy McCaw, was interfering with the paper’s news gathering and reporting activities. Much more drama unfolded over the following months. Reporters joined the Teamsters Union. They also covered their mouths with duct tape at a memorable rally in De La Guerra Plaza after being ordered to keep quiet about what was happening inside their newsroom. Community members canceled their newspaper subscriptions in droves. Eight reporters were fired —and legal action continues to this day.
Tonight on KCSB 91.9 FM, two former News-Press reporters Melinda Burns and Dawn Hobbs share their stories. They’re joined by Teamsters attorney Ira Gottleib. (KCSB News invited management at the News Press to contribute to this special broadcast, and did not receive a response.)