40 Years of the CN&R: How’d we get here?

An oral history of the Chico News & Review

CN&R 40th Anniversary Block Party
Saturday, Aug. 26, noon-4pm
Behind the CN&R building with food trucks, live music, beer garden and more
Chico News & Review
353 E. Second St.

Don’t interject yourself in the story. It’s one of those journalism rules that editors are loathe to break. But to commemorate this 40th anniversary of the Chico News & Review, we’re breaking it. This is our story—an oral history—of putting out a community newspaper for 2,080 consecutive weeks, told by the people who were there—mainly the editors and writers who’ve been telling Chico’s stories, but also a few of the other cohorts in sales, design and management as well as some of the more high-profile subjects who’ve been covered.

It’s been a wild and sometimes bumpy ride, but we’re still here and you’re still with us. Independent local journalism, since 1977.

Click on the “Related stories” links to the right and follow the story through each era.

Note: In many instances, responses were edited for space.