In Memory

Ralph Brave: January 3, 1953—September 1, 2007


Ralph Brave passed away on September 1, 2007 while battling lung cancer at UC Davis Medical Center.

In October of 2008, Ralph was posthumously awarded a First Place award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for his story “Smoked Out!” about UC Davis’ secret research ties to the tobacco industry.

It is with immense sadness that we inform SN&R readers that our respected and beloved colleague Ralph Brave passed away last Saturday of advanced stage lung cancer at the UC Davis Medical Center. Ralph is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Kathi Sylva, and his sister, Carol Brave.

To say that Ralph wrote crucial stories, shook the halls of power and touched the lives of many over the course of his long years as a journalist and at SN&R is an understatement. We will remember him for his brilliance and intensity, his commitment to working for a better world and his depth of heart. Below, find a reminder of a few of his most memorable SN&R covers.

To see all of Ralph’s work over the years, go to his author archive page.

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The Center for Genetics and Society also created a memorial page for Ralph.

Smoked out!

The hidden history of UC Davis’ 35-year collaboration with Big Tobacco

June 21, 2007





It’s a CalPERS world

Can the investment behemoth pursue social goals, as well as mind the bottom line for its retirees?

May 17, 2007





Will Doolittle do time?

Does the downfall of a local congressman mean something more than the latest corruption of a politician?

May 3, 2007





The survival and revival of Sacramento’s independent bookstores

April 5, 2007





SN&R goes to Washington

Days of decision on the war in Iraq for our region’s four Congress members

March 22, 2007





Life itself

Scientists search for mastery over the molecular action inside cells at the UC Davis Genome Center

December 7, 2006





Hot futures

Is anyone considering the possibility that environmental effects from global warming could make Sacramento unlivable?

August 24, 2006





Al Gore’s inconvenient truth

The former vice president talks to SN&R about his new documentary and the threat posed by global warming. “We didn’t ask for it,” he says, “but here it is.”

June 1, 2006





Solar Sacramento

As California readies to unleash a giant incentive program to achieve a million solar roofs over the next decade, more people and businesses than ever are lining up to become part of the solar economy

April 20, 2006





Global warming and the fear of a frozen planet

Local writer Kim Stanley Robinson’s new novel about what happens after an abrupt climate change is an ambitious cultural weapon in the global-warming wars

Dec. 22, 2005




The unbearable flatness of being

If you live in a horizontal world, does it enter your soul?

August 31, 2005