We’ve Lost Some Local Journalists, But Still Have Important Stories to Tell

By Robert Haugh

There’s been a lot of changes in local journalism recently.

The Mercury News, the most widely read publication in the area — including Santa Clara — has made the most personnel changes. Two long-time columnists retired: Mark Purdy won’t be in the sport pages any more and Scott Herhold won’t be in the local section.

Recently, the Merc’s Ramona Giwargis, publicly announced that she had been fired and is suing her paper. Rumors are that she might have been pushed out over a story she was working on about San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino.

If the rumor is true, it must have been juicy.

Giwargis just announced on Twitter that she’ll be moving to Nevada to work for the Las Vegas Review-Journal covering state politics.

At Metro/San Jose Inside.com, Josh Koehn announced recently that he’ll be leaving for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Last year, Nate Donato-Weinstein left the Silicon Valley Business Journal for a public sector job.

Combined, these reporters represent a lot of journalistic talent and institutional memory. They’ll all be missed.

I know how important local reporting is to a community. I wrote for the Santa Clara Weekly for 10 years. I started Santa Clara News Online over a year ago because I kept hearing that there was a real need for good and accurate news about Santa Clara. A lot of residents believe that the Mercury News rarely covers the Mission City and when they do, they get major stories wrong and their editorials show a real double standard. They don’t seem to understand Santa Clara or other cities not named San Jose. Complaints about the Santa Clara Weekly are different. Residents think the writing is poor and coverage is biased.

So, I’ll keep writing about Santa Clara because I know a community as good as the Mission City deserves news and information from multiple sources whether it’s read online, or in print, or heard or seen on the air.

Finally, I hope that the new generation of reporters and editorial writers will begin to understand the great changes happening in Santa Clara. It started when the 49ers wanted to build the stadium and become the biggest political force in the city.


It changed when former Mayor Jamie Matthews suddenly resigned after the Super Bowl in 2016 and Mayor Lisa Gillmor took over. Since then, City Hall and Santa Clara residents have pushed back against the team and won almost every battle to protect our general fund and our neighborhoods.

It’s a good story and deserves to be covered accurately and well. We try to do it here on Santa Clara News Online. We hope others will, too.



  1. Santa Clara needs a real news paper like the one I found in Mountain View. I found a copy of the Midpeninsula Daily Post and wished it was my city’s paper. It was full of information and not attacking people who the paper doesn’t like or wants to make look bad. No bias or fake news. Just real news. The way a real news paper should be written.

  2. Thanks for running this site. I will say that I think it is still good to have the SC Weekly around. People just need to be aware that it, as well as other papers, are written by humans and therefore has inherent biases. It is not a bad thing to have more eyes and ears around city hall.

  3. Good story. I’m not sure Ramona Giwargis is a major loss if my memory is correct. Seems like she had a hard time getting Santa Clara stories straight.
    I’m glad we have the Santa Clara News to give us a different view, that in my experience it has been the right one.

  4. Thank you for writing about Santa Clara. Your site is the most reliable news we get. The Weekly is rubbish. The Mercury is weak and gets worse every year.

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