How San Francisco Chronicle's First Female Editor-in-Chief Defied Rejection

Audrey Cooper is now the San Francisco Chronicle’s first female editor in chief, the first woman to hold the position in the newspaper’s 150-year history. She was appointed to the position Tuesday, a promotion from her former job as managing editor. She’s been at the paper since 2006, but getting a foot in the door wasn’t easy. When Cooper graduated from Boston University, she says, “I applied for an internship three years in a row.” She never got a callback.  

Her story shows that perseverance pays off. Now, Chronicle Publisher Jeff Johnson lauds Cooper for her “tireless commitment to raising the bar for not only The Chronicle, but for all Bay Area media.” This appointment is especially impressive given the Bay Area’s gender imbalance

Cooper’s first goals as editor-in-chief include growing the paper’s investigative reporting staff and expanding SFChronicle.com. 

Mark Aldam, president of Hearst Newspapers, noted in a statement that, “Audrey’s news leadership at The Chronicle is emblematic of the future of all of our newspapers and websites: employ innovative storytelling to connect readers with the news and information that matters most to them.” 

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