Roland De Wolk Biography
Roland De Wolk is an American print and television journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His career has spanned four decades. He contributed to Oakland Tribune coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that won a 1990 Pulitzer Prize. He has won multiple awards for his journalism, including a lifetime achievement award. He has been described as “a star journalist” and “an ace reporter.”
Roland De Wolk Age
Roland De Wolk was born on 8 April 1953 in San Francisco Bay Area in the United States.
Roland De Wolk Net worth
Roland De Wolk earns his income from his work as a television journalist. He also earns his income from the Awards industry and other organizations. He has an estimated net worth of $ 3 million.
Roland De Wolk Wife
Roland De Wolk is married to San Francisco Chronicle political reporter Carla Marinucci. The couples were blessed with two sons. The couples live in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States with his wife and children. He is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley.
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Roland De Wolk spent the first half of his four-decade career at publications such as the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also wrote for publications such as the New York Times and Chicago Tribune as well as the Paris Metro (now defunct). In 1995 he co-wrote a travel guidebook for the San Francisco area called Our Town. After the near shutdown of the Oakland Tribune in 1991 and observing changes in the media landscape in the early years of the Internet, De Wolk moved into television and online journalism.
He moved to television online journalism and worked at KTVU from 1991 until his termination in 2013. While at KTVU, he won multiple awards for his investigative journalism. He was a contributing reporter/producer for the Chauncey Bailey Project, which covered the murder case of the well known Bay Area journalist and editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post.
Since 1993, he has been a lecturer and an adjunct professor of journalism at San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department, where he taught online journalism as well as news writing, reporting, feature reporting, and investigative reporting. Working with Professor Emeritus Leonard Sellers, De Wolk assisted in founding SFSU’s Online Journalism Program, which started NewsPort.org. In 2001 he wrote one of the earliest college textbooks on online journalism, Introduction to Online Journalism: Publishing News and Information (2000).
Roland De Wolk Awards and recognition
Roland De Wolk won a Society of Professional Journalists Career Achievement Award, four James Madison Freedom of Information Awards from SPJ, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism. He was part of the 16-member Oakland Tribune team that was awarded a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for its spot news photography coverage of the World Series earthquake in 1989.
De Wolk and Leslie Griffith won a Casey Award from the Journalism Center on Children & Families at the University of Maryland for their 1998 KTVU investigative news story called “Candy Kids”, about the exploitation of children in violation of labor laws in selling candy. The citation called it a “provocative report on a subject rarely examined. It showed true enterprise and initiative and followed up with additional reporting. It provided the children’s perspective looking at a story that affects minority children not only in this community but elsewhere.”
He was an investigative journalist in a collaborative, multimedia storytelling project, called “The Price of Prosperity”, which was produced in partnership between KTVU, the San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate.com, and Bayinsider.com. The project received a grant award from the Pew Center for Public Journalism in 2001. He won the James Madison Award in 2008 for digging into public records about the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s loss of income from drivers who obstruct the collection of fees for using its FasTrak system on bridges.
Roland De Wolk KTVU-TV
On July 2013, Roland De Wolk was employed as a producer with KTVU-TV, when the station’s news team broadcast had false and racial insensitive names of pilots involved in the July 2013 Asiana airplane crash at San Francisco International Airport. Anchor Tori Campbell read all four fake names on air. The names had reportedly been emailed to De Wolk by a trusted source, and he forwarded them to the newsroom with the warning “you’d better check these out.
” The names were confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board before they were aired; the NTSB later apologized and said the mistaken confirmation had been given by a summer intern “acting outside the scope of his authority”. Three other producers were fired by KTVU after the incident. He retained legal counsel and took action against KTVU. The station quickly settled, issuing a statement that De Wolk and KTVU had “reached an amicable agreement;” details were not released.
Earlier in 2013, Electronic Frontier Foundation technologist Micah Lee claimed that De Wolk interviewed him for KTVU on the subject of doxing and its free speech implications, but inserted quotes from that interview in a story that aired on the subject of swatting, which Lee says was not discussed during the interview. The story was routinely removed from KTVU’s website as were all such stories on KTVU servers as company policy for server space. The Executive Producer issued a statement to the EFF stating that after reviewing the raw tapes of the interview the station “unequivocally stands by its story.”
Roland De Wolk Publications
- Gary Kauf and Roland De Wolk, Our Town: 50 Terrific Bay Area Escapes (Chronicle, 1995)
- Roland De Wolk (text) and John Swain (photographs), Northern California’s Best Family Campgrounds: 50 Fun, Affordable, Kid-Friendly Sites (Chronicle, 1997)
- Roland De Wolk, Introduction to Online Journalism: Publishing News and Information (Pearson, 2000).