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On Marin TV: Retired reporter and author Duffy Jennings discusses his new book Reporter’s Note Book and recalls his times writing for the San Francisco Chronicle with Peter B. Collins.


 

Duffy with Peter B. Collins

Peninsula Television’s The Game with Mark Simon and Kevin Mullin

If the 1960s were about peace and love, the 1970s were some of the most turbulent days in the history of the Bay Area. And Duffy Jennings was an eyewitness to it all. The Milk/Moscone murders, the Zodiac, the Zebra killings, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, the Dan White verdict – for anyone who lived in the Bay Area during the 1970s, it is remembered as a decade of violence, turmoil and even fear.

As a young, talented reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Duffy Jennings found himself, time and again, assigned the task of witnessing these remarkable events and making sense of it all for us in the next day’s newspaper. He has written a terrific book on those decades, including the toll they took on him personally. It’s called Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies, published by Grizzly Peak Press and available on Amazon. It captures those turbulent and frightening days to great effect. He’s still a great reporter.


TALK OF THE TOWN FEATURING DUFFY JENNINGS

A prize-winning writer for the San Francisco Chronicle in the tumultuous 1970s, Duffy Jennings has compiled his stories into a must-read diary, Reporter’s Note Book. In a one-on-one interview with host Michael Jacobi, Duffy shares some of his in-depth journalistic coverage of the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the Zodiac and Zebra serial murders, the City Hall assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk and Jonestown. Jennings is a Bay area local, founder of Los Gatos Magazine, and winner of a myriad of awards.

Public Appearances

COMMONWEALTH CLUB

A prize-winning writer for the San Francisco Chronicle in the tumultuous 1970s, Duffy Jennings covered the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the Zodiac and Zebra serial murders, and the City Hall assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Jennings also covered major fires, gangland crime, labor union strife, city government news and more. In Reporter’s Note Book, Jennings weaves the political, criminal, public and personal events of the 1970s into a masterful reflection on the heart of a turbulent Bay Area, all bolstered by his uncanny memory and tender wit.

On the Radio

KGO810 Radio: Ronn Owens Report

Today, Ronn talked with Duffy Jennings, former reporter for the Chronicle. His book, Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies, covers all the major events of this rather violent period, marked by political assassinations, serial killings, kidnappings, a mass suicide, attacks on police, a courthouse shootout, racial murders and gang warfare.

KCBS Radio: 10 Questions with Stan and Susan

Duffy Jennings is a San Francisco native who would wind up as a reporter at his hometown newspaper, covering major stories in the turbulent 1970s. He later became the vice president of PR for the San Francisco Giants and spent many more years in public relations in the Silicon Valley. Now, Jennings is telling his story in a book: Reporter’s Note Book. He talked with us about his life and times.