Duffy Jennings - Reporter's Note Book (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

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. Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies, is Jennings’s vivid behind-the-scenes account of the stories that shocked the Bay Area one afer another, culminating in the tragic Jonestown mass suicides and the city hall assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and gay Supervisor Harvey Milk ten days later in November 1978.

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.

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781950393923
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grizzly Peak Press - June 4th, 2019

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.