Neil Chase

Executive Editor, The Mercury News and the East Bay Times

Twitter: @chaseneil
Neil Chase is executive editor of The Mercury News and the East Bay Times, where he leads a team of 200 journalists covering the San Francisco Bay Area. That team recently won the 2016 Scripps Howard Breaking News Award for its coverage of the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. Neil worked as a journalist (San Francisco Examiner, Arizona Republic, CBS MarketWatch, New York Times) and journalism professor (Northwestern University’s Medill School) before heading over to the “dark side,” where over the past 10 years he helped build new revenue models for publishers and new forms of storytelling for marketers.  He returned to the newsroom last year to help the Bay Area news organizations meet the new challenges of relevance and revenue. He also chairs the Board for Student Publications at his alma mater, The University of Michigan, where he began his journalism career as a reporter and editor-in-chief at The Michigan Daily.

Chase is a panelist for “The transformation of U.S. metropolitan newspapers: How newsrooms have changed from print-centric to digital-centric at ISOJ 2017 (April 22 at 9 a.m.)

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