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Gina Channell Wilcox

President and Publisher, Embarcadero Media/East Bay Division

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About Gina
Gina Channell Wilcox has been the president and publisher of Embarcadero Media's East Bay Division since 2006. The division now includes the Pleasanton Weekly newspaper,, and A 30-year veteran of the journalism industry, Gina worked as a reporter and editor at a daily newspaper in a Chicago suburb for 15 years while earning her bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in business administration. Before moving to California, Gina was the executive editor/association publisher at a division of the Chicago Sun-Times, where she was responsible for a daily newspaper, 14 weekly newspapers and the corresponding news sites. She has earned several state and national journalism awards, including for investigative journalism and in-depth reporting for stories such as "Troubled schools: Parents seek answers on principal turnover, other concerns" and editorials such as "Livermore downtown referendum raises serious questions".
Stories by Gina
Around the Valley: Significant difference between news, opinion
After reading emails forwarded to me recently, it is clear some people don't understand -- or choose not to understand -- the difference between a news report and an opinion piece, or what "misinformation" is.
[Thursday, July 6, 2023]

Around the Valley: Council majority needs lesson in municipal budgets ... or ethics
Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown and councilmembers Valerie Arkin, Jeff Nibert and Julie Testa are either finding the budget difficult to understand or knowingly obfuscating to justify spending $10.6 million on discretionary amenities.
[Thursday, June 15, 2023]

Around the Valley: Will Pleasanton council be fiscally responsible and prioritize reliable water supply?
Rome is burning. If the Pleasanton City Council majority of Mayor Karla Brown and Councilmembers Valerie Arkin, Jeff Nibert and Julie Testa have their way, we might not have the people or the water pressure to put out the fire...
[Thursday, May 11, 2023]

Around the Valley: Holiday Fund raises over $83,000 to benefit nonprofits
Every November we ask readers to contribute to the annual Holiday Fund, a giving campaign that benefits nonprofit organizations throughout the Tri-Valley. This year, more than $83,000 was raised.
[Thursday, April 13, 2023]

Around the Valley: Pushing an agenda (for the right reasons)
For more than 25 years, Dave Hudson has been a familiar face on the San Ramon City Council dais and around town. But not for the past two months or so. The council did the right thing by agendizing the discussion on his status.
[Thursday, March 30, 2023]

Around the Valley: From illogical to absurd
Yet another asinine decision was made by the Pleasanton City Council majority when it voted March 7 to defund Leadership Pleasanton. But they have no problem spending taxpayer money on a skatepark.
[Thursday, March 23, 2023]

Around the Valley: Growing list of illogical decisions
A plan decades in the making went poof at the whim of Pleasanton City Council's majority, and the many people who enjoy Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks are mystified and miffed.
[Thursday, March 2, 2023]

Around the Valley: The right priorities
The first priority of a school district is the safety of the students. Or at least it should be. A pattern shows this is definitely not the case at San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
[Thursday, February 16, 2023]

Around the Valley: See something, say something
The video of the altercation outside of the Pleasanton Library on Jan. 19 between two Pleasanton Middle School students posted on social media showed a vicious attack, and caused fear and frustration throughout the community.
[Thursday, February 2, 2023]

Around the Valley: Work to avoid nuclear fallout
A recent Pleasanton City Council City vote to deny an increase in density -- and then lowering the density -- on Housing Element sites currently owned by the school district could have 'nuclear' fallout.
[Wednesday, January 18, 2023]