SonomaWest Publishers owns the The Healdsburg Tribune, The Windsor Times, Sonoma West Times & News and Cloverdale Reveille. The company has won numerous awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Newspaper Association for its work covering north and west Sonoma County.
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Sonoma West Times and News
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Rollie Atkinson is the publisher Sonoma West Publishers' four community newspapers. He started his journalism career in 1974 at his hometown newspaper in Frederick, Md. He continued his career at The Healdsburg Tribune after moving to Healdsburg in 1981. His newsroom assignments have included big and small stories that took him to state houses and U.S. Congress, steelworkers strikes, CIA investigations, presidential political campaigns, cub scout pancake breakfasts, numerous centenarian birthdays, river floods, high school sports action, wine industry milestones and many other places.
Atkinson has marked his journalism career with two guiding principles: to protect and defend the First Amendment and the public's right to know, and by his understanding of the high honor bestowed to him by his readers and local community members that continue to allow him to tell their story.
Atkinson, 68, also considers it a privilege to work alongside his much younger but equally devoted Sonoma West Publishers journalists.
Heather Bailey grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from Ursuline High School in 1991. She was a dedicated competitor in the sport of three-day eventing, an Olympic equestrian discipline and represented California at the junior Olympic level. She moved to the east coast in 1995, and graduated from George Mason University in 1998 with a degree in communications. Her initial work in journalism was as a writer for The Chronicle of the Horse, the nation’s oldest, weekly horse sports magazine, where she covered Olympics and World Championships, as well as national competitions and wrte feature stories.
She has worked professionally as a horse trainer and riding instructor, in addition to her work as a writer. She currently lives with her husband and son on a farm, where her husband trains horses and riders, and they raise Nigerian Dwarf goats and various breeds of chickens.
She is also the president of the board of directors of the Sonoma County CHANGE program, a local nonprofit that provides rescue, foster, rehabilitation and adoption services for equines taken into custody by Sonoma County Animal Services. She also runs their field operations, driving their trailer to pick up equines that are loose, abandoned or being seized by law enforcement. She also provides services during emergencies and natural disasters and operates a foster facility for the serious neglect and abuse cases.
She has won various awards for her writing, including from the International Association of Equine Journalists, the California Newspaper Association, the California School Board Association and the National Newspaper Association.
In her spare time, such as it is, she likes to read and watch movies.
Greg Clementi has patrolled the sidelines as sports editor for Sonoma West Publishers for nearly 17 years, covering five high schools in north and west Sonoma County with a genuine love and admiration for coaches, student athletes and youth sports. Greg began his career as a writer and co-publisher of Sporting Edge Magazine in 1982, covering the Marin County boxing scene. He was a regular contributor for Petaluma Magazine and a prolific freelance writer focusing on running and fishing before joining the Sonoma West team in 2002. Under Greg’s watch, Sonoma West Publishers was recognized by the California Prep Sports Writer’s Association for providing the best high school sports coverage in the entire state, regardless of newspaper circulation size.
A native of Wisconsin, Greg is an avid fisherman, car enthusiast and a two-time finisher of the Boston Marathon. He’s been married to his wife Ann for 35 years and they have five daughters and five grandchildren.
Social/digital media manager and staff writer Katherine Minkiewicz grew up in Marin County, where she set her sights on being a journalist when she joined her high school’s newspaper, the San Marin Pony Express. She attended San Francisco State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in print and online journalism with a minor in English literature. During her years in college, she worked on crafting her skill, grit and love of coffee as a staff writer, and later as a managing editor with the Golden Gate Xpress (Go Gators!).
After college she started her local newspaper career at The Community Voice in Rohnert Park as a writer/editor. She covered city council, the school board and everything else in between. A year later she joined the Sonoma West family where she enjoys working with the talented, kind and funny crew of dogged journalists, some of whom also share her enthusiasm for burritos and more coffee.
Her favorite part about her role is keeping social media up to date on all the latest news and chasing down SoCurious-powered stories. Particularly, she enjoys writing about city developments, housing, crime, and community events.
In her spare time, Katherine likes spending time hiking at Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma, eating Thai noodles and binge watching “Doctor Who” with her fiancée. She also enjoys visiting her family dog Teddy, who lives with her parents in Novato.
Frank Robertson has written about west Sonoma County since the 1980s when he moved to the Russian River from San Francisco.
“I was drawn by the natural beauty,” he said. “I liked how it was kind of wild, unplanned and affordable.”
He’s been an editor at the Russian River News, the Sebastopol Times and The Paper (now the North Bay Bohemian). After Rollie Atkinson acquired the Sebastopol Times and the Russian River News and combined them into Sonoma West Times & News, Robertson covered Sebastopol and chronicled the lower river’s evolution from a seasonal playground to a year-round population comprising a vividly eccentric diversity.
“For a writer, the river seemed like a lucky gift,” said Robertson. “I felt like a baseball batter might feel when looking at a hanging curveball.”
Robertson’s work has earned a Sonoma State University Lincoln Steffens Journalism Award for stories on the transformation of rural Windsor into a modern suburbia.
He still lives in Guerneville with his wife, Mary Robertson, an artist known for her Russian River paintings. They live in a summer cabin and may rescue another dog some day, maybe two dogs.
Laura Hagar Rush
Laura Hagar Rush has been a journalist for more than 30 years. After leaving UC Berkeley with a degree in English, she became editor of the Sierra Club’s Bay Area newspaper, then worked as a reporter and columnist for the East Bay Express in Berkeley for 15 years, covering the environment, education, the university and pretty much anything else that struck her fancy.
In the early aughts, she started StreamingManiac, the first blog and web guide to university lectures online. After moving to west Sonoma County in 2002, she joined North Bay biz magazine as managing editor, then, entranced by the digital world, retrained as a web designer, working for KRCB Northern California Public Media.
Because this is wine country, she founded a winery, Sonoma Aperitif, making vermouth and wine-based aperitifs. She began working for Sonoma West Publishers as a webmaster in 2016, but couldn’t resist the siren call of print journalism, becoming editor of Sonoma West Times & News in August of 2018. She lives with her family and an amusing bunch of 20-somethings in Forestville.
Zoë Strickland is the editor of the Cloverdale Reveille. Hired in July 2018, Zoë has a passion for small towns and writing articles about the people who live in them. Zoë was born and raised in southern Sonoma County, but moved to Oregon in 2014 to pursue a bachelor of arts in English literature. Four years and one degree later, she moved back to Sonoma County.
Before working at the Reveille, Zoë spent two years as the editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, three years in various positions at her weekly college newspaper, four years as the editorial director of an editing company and had a brief stint as a radio DJ. When she’s not reporting, Zoë has a passion for baking, taking care of plants, finding the best coffee shops and hanging out with her dogs.