Reporter’s Note Book
A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies
by DUFFY JENNINGS
Available Summer 2019 | Non-fiction / $17.95 | ISBN: 978-1-950393-92-3
Duffy Jennings became a San Francisco Chronicle reporter at the dawn of the 1970s, one of the century’s most turbulent decades for crime and social unrest in Northern California. The period was marked by political assassinations, serial killings, kidnappings, a mass suicide, attacks on police, a courthouse shootout, racial murders, gang warfare, and an assortment of counterculture terrorists and whack-job loners with guns and bombs. It was also a time of profound cultural and political upheaval anti-Vietnam War marches; draft protests; the black power movement; feminism; gay rights; and new excesses in sex, drugs, and rock and roll. In some ways, it was all connected. In just over eleven years, we went from the 1967 Summer of Love to the 1978 winter of hate.
About the Author:
Duffy Jennings has compiled a distinguished career in journalism and communications over five decades as a reporter, publicist, corporate communications executive, public relations consultant, magazine publisher and freelance writer.
As a prize-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle in the tumultuous 1970s, Jennings’ coverage included the City Hall assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and the Zodiac and Zebra serial murders. Veteran actor Adam Goldberg portrayed Duffy in the 2007 film, Zodiac.
His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, Los Gatos Magazine, SFGate.com and other publications. This is his first book.
After his journalism career, Jennings served as vice president of public relations for the San Francisco Giants, online sporting goods retailer Fogdog.com, and two Silicon Valley public policy organizations. He also operated his own PR business for twenty years.
Duffy earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Bonnie Becker, and has two grown children, a step-daughter, and two grandsons.
Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice, San Francisco Chronicle