«Class of 2008

Matt Stannard

reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Stannard was born and raised in San Francisco. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree from the College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA and his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York. In 1997, he began his career in journalism as a community reporter for the Tri-Valley Herald in Tracy, CA. A year later, in 1998, he became a reporter for the Oakland Tribune, covering legal issues and major breaking news, including the Columbine High School murders. Since 2000, he has been a general assignment reporter on the Foreign/National desk for the San Francisco Chronicle. Domestic projects have included 9-11, anthrax mailings in Washington, and the Washington area sniper attacks. His international projects have included the war in Iraq, terrorism, and the military and have taken him throughout the Middle East to Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. He has been awarded two fellowships: the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in 2005, and in 2003, the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. His recent awards include an honorable mention for a series on Israel’s withdrawal from the Palestinian territories from the Peninsula Press Club in 2006, a first place award in the local breaking news category in the 2006 California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest, and several wins in the 2006 East Bay Press Club awards.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.