Barbara Taylor is the long time San Francisco City Hall Bureau Chief specializing in government and political reporting. For over twenty years Barbara also hosted the “The City Desk News Hour,” a television program especially popular with local politicians and City Hall Insiders for its in-depth analysis of government and political events. She has been a political columnist and op-ed columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
Barbara’s radio career occurred by chance. She was working as a counselor at a Residential Care facility for emotionally troubled children and after one frustrating day realized she needed a profession that offered some “instant gratification.” A chat with a Journalism professor resulted in a job referral to a news radio station. She’s been in the broadcast news business ever since and getting more immediate gratification than she ever thought possible. Both her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from San Diego State University taught her skills that have been indispensable in probing and poking for news stories.
Barbara has received numerous awards for journalistic achievement, among them, honors from the San Francisco Bar Association, the National Association of Realtors, the Associated Press, United Press International, the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the Peninsula Press Club.
Her contributions to government reporting have been recognized in commendations from the Mayor of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly, as well as many civic and business associations.
Barbara lives in San Francisco with her husband and their dogs and cats. Her passions include aerobics, fitness, reading, Country Western music, Sci-Fi, Animal Rescue and her wonderful Brussels Griffons.
San Francisco’s political leaders were in the middle of celebrating the Golden State Warriors’ achievements when Mayor Lee received a note that said his city won the bid to host the 50th Super Bowl.
With baseball season is in full swing, 800 concession workers could go on strike at AT&T Park sometime in the next few weeks.
Bicyclists in San Francisco may soon find it a lot easier to find a parking space for their two-wheelers.
The Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco said on Monday that he endorsed the immigration reform bill currently under consideration in Congress, but opposed a gay rights amendment that could be added to the legislation.
San Francisco City Hall was the scene of a protest Thursday by homeless families who want Mayor Ed Lee to do more to help get people off the streets and into housing.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised Tuesday to make a decision about its ongoing defense of the city’s cell phone disclosure law.
A proposal by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay scouts, but to continue to exclude gay adults from serving as leaders has offended two gay legislators from San Francisco.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation on Thursday—the 107th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire—that aims to make thousands of apartments in the city safer during the next large quake.
A resolution introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar that urges City College trustees to use new tax revenue to restore cuts from the school’s budget has passed.
Supporters of a new Warriors’ Arena on San Francisco’s waterfront launched an organization Tuesday to act as official boosters for the project, but critics are concerned plans are moving too fast.