Praise for Reporter's Note Book


Duffy Jennings’ riveting coverage of the Moscone-Milk murders and the Dan White trial was an arduous reporting job and daily journalism at its finest. His account of a reporter’s life makes for vivid reading.

—David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle City Editor, 1977-1978

Duffy Jennings’ memoir of the turbulent ’60s and ’70s in the Bay Area is incisive and compelling. There is a “Forrest Gump” feel to how he was at the center of so many major events. Anyone who has experienced the horrors of addiction will find his experiences with the effect of alcohol to be enlightening. Jennings’ recollections of his mother’s gay bar in San Francisco are priceless.”

—Leigh Steinberg, Sports Agent

Duffy Jennings wrote more than 500 stories for the San Francisco Chronicle, but he may have saved the best one — his own — for last. Written with admirable skill and moral clarity, his memoir reveals what it was like to cover a city gripped by the Zodiac and Zebra killings, Jonestown, the Moscone-Milk assassinations, and the Dan White trial. But this isn’t only a sharp, vivid snapshot of a city in crisis. It’s also a family saga that defies stereotypes at every turn.

—Peter Richardson, San Francisco State University lecturer and author of A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America

Duffy Jennings brings the reader inside the San Francisco Chronicle newsroom directly to his reporter’s typewriter to present valuable insights into events during the most turbulent, chaotic decade in San Francisco’s modern history. He adds a very gutsy human dimension with intense and painful personal revelations even as he was writing the stories that mesmerized us during his prolific career.

—Art Agnos, former Mayor of San Francisco

Press Coverage

KGO810 Radio: Ronn Owens Report

Today , Ronn talked with Duffy Jennnings, former reporter for the Chronicle. His book, “Reporter’s Notebook: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking ’70s” 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 1970’s. He later became the vice president of public relations 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.

What Duffy Jennings has written of Bay Area history can fill a whole book
Silicon Valley Business Journal (subscriber access)

At John’s Grill to celebrate
San Francisco Chronicle