Santa Barbara News-Press Coverage

News-Press Mess
(archived older section with complete coverage is here)

'News-Press' Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006. Read story.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Opinion: News-Press Mess — Finally, a Measure of Justice

Wendy McCaw may owe cash for mistreating her newsroom. Read story.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Federal Court Sides with Former News-Press Employees

Ruling upholds previous finding of unfair labor practices by owner Wendy McCaw. Read story.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Listening Closely with Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers discusses injustice and politics ahead of Santa Barbara Visit Read story.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NLRB Accuses the News-Press (Again)

Re-issues decisions charging paper with labor law violations. Read story.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mark One for McCaw

Federal appeals court hands News-Press owner major legal win. Read story.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NLRB Rules Against News-Press Again

Finds Santa Barbara's daily paper was bargaining in bad faith. Read story.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ampersand Publishing Owes Jerry Roberts More Money

Attorney’s fees tab now up to nearly $1.1 million; Roberts expects to collect $750,000 by end of August. Read story.

Originally published 11:00 a.m., August 9, 2012
Updated 12:00 p.m., August 10, 2012

Barry Cappello Sues Wendy McCaw

The prominent Santa Barbara attorney sues the notorious newspaper owner over unpaid legal bills. Read story.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Court Rejects Wendy McCaw Appeal

Former editor Jerry Roberts plans to seek around $1 million in legal fees. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Editor Wins, McCaw Loses

News-Press owner ordered to pay Jerry Roberts $900,000 in attorney’s fees. Read story.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Court Hears Jerry Roberts Case

News-Press litigation is still wending through the legal system. Read story.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

NLRB Orders News-Press to Reinstate Fired Reporters

Owner Wendy McCaw already begins appeals process. Read story.

Originally published 2:00 p.m., August 11, 2011
Updated 4:00 p.m., August 11, 2011

Rally Marks Year Five of News-Press Mess

As legal complaints languish in court, former staffers and union supporters lambast owner Wendy McCaw. Read story.

Friday, July 29, 2011

What Gag Order?

Peter Lance, News-Press off the hook for defying judge. Read story.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Police Officer Demands Retraction

Her attorneys describe newspaper series as “offensive, irresponsible, and tortuous.” Read story.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lance Attorney's Response to Officer's Retraction Request

Sent Wednesday, July 13 Read story.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Peter Lance's Retraction Request Letter to The Independent

Sent Tuesday, July 5. Read story.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

News-Press Statement in Response to Beutel's Retraction Request

Sent Tuesday, July 12 Read story.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Five Years Since the News-Press Meltdown Began

What was once a proud, fine small-city newspaper cannot even be called a newspaper any longer, not because we’re not there but because journalistic standards don’t exist on De la Plaza any longer. Read story.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fired News-Pressers Don't Get Jobs Back, Yet

Ninth Circuit denies rehearing of Teamsters' injunction request; eight former employees still in legal limbo. Read story.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Judge Rules Against News-Press Again

Anderson orders that illegally fired workers get rehired with back pay. Read story.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Copies of Citizen McCaw to be Distributed Throughout Country

Nearly 500 university journalism programs across the nation will soon be receiving educationally enhanced DVD copies of Citizen McCaw, the documentary that covered the meltdown at the Santa Barbara News-Press. Read story.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

News-Press Owner Prevails

Court rules workers’ journalistic integrity threatens McCaw’s free speech. Read story.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Justice Crawls, Fired Reporters Wait

A Teamsters Web site article by former News-Press reporter Dawn Hobbs updates the saga. Read story.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

News-Press Trial Taking a Break

Handwritten notes from the bargaining table are virtually illegible, creating impasse. Read story.

Friday, July 17, 2009

News-Press Lays Off 15

It's the second year in a row that the paper let go of workers on May Day. Read story.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Roberts Prevailing over McCaw

The arbitrator has spoken, and Wendy McCaw doesn't like it. Read story.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Jerry Roberts Beating Wendy McCaw

News-Press owner's attorneys seek new arbitrator after first one rules in former editor's favor. Read story.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

News-Press' Don Katich Explains Lay-Offs

Daily paper's director of news operations discusses December 3 cuts, closure of Goleta Valley Voice. Read story.

Thursday, December 4, 2008
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