48hills founders create new nonprofit to take over name  and preserve archives of now-shuttered newspaper.


OCTOBER 16, 2015 — Black Press, publisher of the San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly, has reached an agreement with the San Francisco Center for Newspaper Preservation, a nonprofit headed by Tim Redmond and Marke Bieschke, to transfer the intellectual assets of the now-closed San Francisco Bay Guardian to the Center for non-commercial use.

The new organization will take over the name, the site sfbg.com, and the Guardian’s paper and electronic archives. Redmond said he is working with local libraries to find a permanent safe home for the 48 years’ worth of archived newspapers.

Redmond said the Bay Guardian won’t be revived as a weekly print newspaper, but will continue to do election endorsements and other special projects on the web.

Redmond thanked Black Press and the staff of the Examiner and SF Weekly, for their help in “preserving the legacy of a great San Francisco institution.”

  • Great job, Tim. Keep on.

  • Y.

    Good work. I bet a lot of organizational effort and negotiations went into it. Good for you!

  • alanmonasch

    This is wonderful news!

  • newbedford

    What about the Internet Archive? They host digital items for the San Francisco Public Library and others for free.

    • Teilhard de Chardin

      It’s always good to have back-ups.

  • lgsplace

    This is WONDERFUL news . . . except I already voted (while lamenting the absence of sfbg endordorsements.

  • GarySFBCN


  • Congratulations Tim and SFBG team!

  • Shane Lotterle

    Wonderful News. Also, hooray for well researched endorsements I hope!

  • SugaWerker

    Wonderful News. Also, hooray for well researched endorsements I hope!

  • Raised Locally

    Hoping that the Guardian will show media bravery by endorsing the ever-ethical, thoughtful, and knowledgable Amy Farah Weiss for Mayor.

  • sffoghorn

    Hopefully there will be an appropriately solemn ceremony for the formal restoration that will convey the historical significance of this great moment.

  • Teilhard de Chardin

    If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can.


  • Dave

    The Bay Guardian was, affectionately, the Julia Child of ‘new’ journalism. A recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon that always read divinely, but which no person I know was ever able to reproduce.

    That said I’m glad that French Cooking and San Francisco Magical thinking are alive and well. Except French Cooking still has Michelin and we no longer have Tower Records, classifieds and hookers.

    • Ethan Davidson

      We still have hookers. I mean, that’s what I’ve been told, I personally wouldn’t know because, um, hey, nice crisp fall weather we’ve ben getting lately.

  • Theo

    “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” -Santayana

    But first you need access to the history.

    Thank you for trying to make this a possibility with the history of San Francisco.

  • jhayes362

    Congratulations to all who made this possible. I’ve seen publications closed and archives wiped out by people with no reverence for tradition or history. This preserves an important voice in SF society and politics.

  • rickbynight

    Oh this is great news! I hope you endorse Amy Farah Weiss and Reed Martin! After the LWV forum, it was clear those two both not only represented the progressive left, but had sound policies and leadership. Francisco is a fabulous man as well, though I’m concerned about his ability to lead as mayor. Stuart is a fun guy who cares a lot, but he really isn’t mayor material…

    • Raised Locally

      So long as no one votes for Ed Lee in their 3 choices, people could vote for a turtle and I would be for it.

  • Ragazzu

    Whither the trolls?

  • sebra leaves

    Very good news. We need to preserve our history so so don’t make the same mistakes again. Now we can get on with repairing our present and preparing for a better future. New leadership is needed if we are going to remain a city of love and peace.

  • Karl Young

    Great news Tim – nice to the fate of the SFBG in your hands.

  • NoeValleyJim

    I read the print Guardian every week for many years. It will be nice to have a digital copy of all those issues available.

  • njudah

    Not being able to access the BG in some form of digital archive makes it a lot harder to research SF’s past. Having it in a searchable form will help those who are doing research on past administrations/Supervisors/Etc. Don’t sweat the endorsements as much as doing the archiving, frankly it’s more important given the BG’s role in events for 40+ years in SF.