Ten years ago, I met Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee at a Washington D.C. cocktail party at the home of NBC’s Tim Russert. Gushing a bit, I told the legendary editor that as a young reporter in the 1970s — after the Post won a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage — I aspired to work for hi…

When asked to write a piece in commemoration of The Independent’s 50th anniversary I was both flattered and dismayed. It is great to be offered space in this special issue, but how could it be that I am old enough to remember back a half century. Other than John Oliver and Fred Dickey, I see…

Independent photographer Doug Jorgensen has become a familiar sight at local events, from sports to parades to political gatherings. In this photo, a fan, Kerri Hamilton, captured him at work during the Livermore Wine Country Festival. Doug is also involved in many other aspects of the newsp…

Dana McGaugh was hired as the first editor of The Independent. Subsequent editors have been Pete Winslow, Peter Carey, Andrew McGall, Robert Several and Janet Armantrout.

The arts are an important part of the quality of life for any community. Music, drama, comedy, painting, dance, poetry, etc. -- all have been supported and promoted by The Independent over the last 50 years.