Gazette Newspapers has grown to become the foremost source of community news and information in the affluent southeast corridor of Long Beach, Calif. Gazette Newspapers was born in 1978 as a small weekly for the Belmont Shore neighborhood called the Grunion Gazette. Fran and John Blowitz bought the paper in 1981 and built it into the dominant information source for east Long Beach. In 1988, they started the companion Downtown Gazette. In January 2004, the Blowitzes sold the Gazettes to MediaNews, the national newspaper powerhouse that also owns the Los Angeles Daily News, the Denver Post and more than 200 other publications. Owner Dean Single
With a circulation of 52,000, this paper reaches households with an average annual income of almost $100,000. Our readers are educated and most hold a college degree. They travel, dine out and use professional services more than any other demographic group of its size in Southern California. The papers are delivered free to residences, city libraries, tourist destinations, businesses and outdoor venues where the community shops, meets and greets. A Southern California lifestyle requires information, and we're where readers find it.
Publisher of Gazette Newspapers
A British import, Simon worked as a Product Manager for a large foodservice company and an Account Manager for a London advertising agency before heading for the California sun. He is married to Carla and they have three incredible children, Jaqueleen, Madeline and Alec. His greatest joy is his family and hanging out with their GSP dog Truman. email@example.com
Julie is a Southern California native who as a child grew up loving Long Beach on her many visits while attending the Grand Prix every year with her Dad. Upon moving to the Bluff Park area of Long Beach; she looked forward to receiving the Grunion Gazette each week on her porch and was delighted to accept the Assistant to the Publisher position when the opportunity come up in 2013. She brings with her many years of working and managing in the entertainment industry and loves not only the high pace energy that surrounds the Gazette every week but working with each person that is a part of this paper.
Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 28 years. He has been in the newspaper business for 40 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California. In addition to his work on the paper, Saltzgaver has served on multiple municipal commissions, boards and nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, is the Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County board and a trustee of the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach.
Stephanie studied psychology at the University of Arizona, but quickly learned that writing was the passion worth pursuing. Upon moving to California, her career focus has been spread between producing web copy for startups and writing articles for tech journals. She’s enjoying her journey as a resident and reporter for beautiful and (mostly) sunny Long Beach.
Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons. He has a B.A. mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Along with doing proof reading for the Gazettes, he writes weekly restaurant profiles and movie reviews. Also, he handles obituaries, the For A Good Cause column and the Calendar section.
An empty nester, Amy and her husband moved to Long Beach in 2016. She loves the sense of community and all of the fantastic food in the LBC. To offset her eating indulgences, Amy enjoys regular walks by the water with her golden retriever. During basketball season, she cheers for her alma mater, the Georgetown Hoyas, ever optimistic that “this will be our year.” A former teacher, Amy spent many years wielding red pens and editing student assignments. Now, she is grateful to Harry and the Grunion staff for polishing her work and including it in the pages of the world’s best local paper!
Gary Metzker has been a full-time lecturer at Long Beach State for 13 years after a 24- year career at the Los Angeles Times. At the Times, Metzker was a member of four Pulitzer Prize-winning staff awards for breaking and spot news. Metzker has also won 10 Los Angeles Press Club awards – including four as a correspondent for the Grunion Gazette – and two Medals of Excellence from the Society for News Design.
Belmont Shore resident Jo Murray has been a part of the Long Beach aquatic scene all of her life. She grew up as a live-aboard in the Alamitos Bay Marina. While attending California State University Long Beach, Jo worked as a tour guide on the Queen Mary, talking to tourists from around the world about the great things to see and do along the shore. She and husband David raised son Alec with the same aquatic focus. The entire family has been active members of area yacht clubs for decades.
Steve Harvey wrote the “Only in LA” column for the Los Angeles Times for 20 years. He also survived several assassination threats after originating the “Bottom Ten” sports column, which ranks the worst football teams in the nation. Harvey, born in Santa Monica, graduated with a bachelor's degree from USC. He served in the National Guard for six years, guarding Long Beach's shoreline, and now lives in that city.
Digital Creative Specialist
Jesse is the Digital Creative specialist at Gazette Newspapers which is a fancy way of saying he's in charge of all things digital :) When he's not working on Gazettes.com you can find him creating digital video content or taking photos around town. He loves Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back To the Future and pretty much everything else from the 80's. What are you gonna do ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Pamela comes to us from the City of Victorville where she worked a number of jobs before landing a job as Junior Accountant. After moving to Long Beach in 2005 Pamela found her job, Where else in the Gazette Newspaper! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter Harmony and her family and friends.
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This British import has been with us since 1988 as an expert in retail marketing and is now part of our Adtaxi team. We simplify digital marketing for businesses everywhere, building custom solutions that leverage multiple digital platforms such as programmatic, search, email and social while focusing on the metrics that matter, conversions. We’re essentially a “one-stop shop” for your digital marketing.