2017 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

John Diaz, His Opinions Matter


a photo of john diaz, the SF Chronicle's acclaimed editorial editor

For nearly 30 years John Diaz has written about, or reported on, local and national matters affecting the diverse and dynamic communities in the Bay Area. He has served as the San Francisco Chronicle’s opinion page editor since 1996 and has helped illuminate issues of public concern to benefit those in San Francisco and beyond. Under his direction, the newspaper’s editorial campaigns on financial privacy and the deficiencies in California’s foster care system led to landmark state legislation and were recognized with national journalism awards.

Diaz is widely acknowledged as an authoritative voice on issues ranging from the economics of sports to the quests of Bay Area teams for new venues to California politics—he served as one of the moderators of last year’s U.S. Senate debate.

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