Brad Bollinger – Publisher, North Bay Business Journal

Brad Bollinger is the publisher of the North Bay Business Journal overseeing the publication’s coverage of business in the North Bay counties of Sonoma, Napa and Marin.

Before joining the Journal after its purchase by the New York Times Co. in 2005, he was the business editor and a columnist for The Press Democrat since 1990.

While he was editor, the Press Democrat business section won several national, state and regional awards for its coverage, including six “Best In Business” citations from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. It has won the top award from the society in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999 and 1996 and won for spot news coverage in 2000.

Bollinger was a leading editor and creator of the Press Democrat’s extensive four-day series in September of 2004 on the local impacts of economic globalization, “Global Shift.” The series won the prestigious Polk Award as well as the New York Times companywide Punch award.

The newspaper’s 2002 series on the wine industry, “Vine to Wine,” received the highest award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Bollinger has made dozens of presentations to community organizations and groups of executives on the economy, including the 2006 commencement address for Empire College business school in Santa Rosa. He currently is the chairman of the North Bay Leadership Council and is a member of the boards of directors of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, the Sonoma County Alliance and Empire College and is trustee on the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation in Santa Rosa.

Bollinger has a journalism degree from San Jose State University and master’s in communication from CSU, Chico. His 1983 master’s thesis on newspaper ombudsmen was the subject of articles in Columbia Journalism Review and Editor & Publisher. In 1990, he was among the attendees at the inaugural Summer Institute for Economics for Journalists created by the Foundation for American Communications.

Bollinger and his wife, Corine, live in Santa Rosa.