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.
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The Castro Streetscape project will help beautify Castro Street, while also making it more friendly for pedestrians.