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The State of the Fourth Estate: Local News in the Information Age

May 30th, 2018

Local news editor Frank Pine will talk about the importance of local news and a free press to a healthy democracy and how the changing business model for local news organizations poses serious challenges to the public’s ability to hold government accountable to the governed.


Frank Pine is executive editor of the Southern California News Group (SCNG), which operates 11 daily newspapers and associated websites in Southern California, including The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, The San Bernardino Sun and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside.

In nearly 20 years with Southern California news media, Pine directed reporting that has earned national acclaim and led transformational efforts to deliver news on digital platforms. He has played a key role in developing editorial and audience growth strategies for SCNG and its parent company, Digital First Media, for which he served as director of audience development.

Pine previously served as editor and general manager of LANG’s inland news group, editor of the San Gabriel Valley News Group and managing editor of The Sun and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. His newsrooms have been recognized by state and national organizations for excellence in journalism.

Pine served for six years on the board of Children’s Fund Inc., a nonprofit committed to aiding at-risk children and their families in the Inland Empire. A native of Southern California, he has lived in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.