Two of San Francisco’s most well respected women in politics and media talk about their careers advising candidates, and analyzing and reporting the news of the day.
Never in my Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
Belva Davis (with Vicki Haddock)
This honest and inspiring memoir traces a reporter’s rise from a childhood in the crowded projects of Oakland to a career that spanned five decades. KQED TV host Belva Davis, the first black female television journalist on the West Coast, reported on everything from the 1964 Republican Convention (where racists physically and verbally attacked her) to Vietnam War protests, the People’s Temple tragedy, the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the AIDS epidemic, and the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. No wonder Davis, now in her 70s, has been referred to as “The Walter Cronkite of the Bay Area.”
Campaign Boot Camp 2.0: Basic Training for Candidates, Staffers, Volunteers, and Nonprofits (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
Christine Pelosi has led leadership “boot camps” in over thirty American states and three foreign countries. Her book draws on a lifetime of grassroots experience in political campaigns. Along with examining the expanding role of social media and technology in modern campaigns, this updated version edition of her 2007 book offers practical advice about setting goals and shaping a message, and offers quotes on running successful campaigns from a diverse array of public figures, including Donna Brazile, Willie L. Brown, Bill Clinton, Mahatma Ghandi and George F. Will. This book is a must have for anyone interested in public service, or just fascinated by politics.
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Vicki Haddock is a journalist and was a senior writer at the San Francisco Chronicle as well as a reporter and assistant city desk editor for the San Francisco Examiner. Before joining the Examiner, she was chief political writer for the Oakland Tribune.