Rachel Gordon, a city hall reporter for more than 20 years with the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle and, before that, the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, has left the building.
Gordon has left city hall reporting in favor of reporting to city hall. Starting later this month, she'll be the new communications director for the Department of Public Works. She noted that, rather than digging beneath the surface of city hall, she'll now work for the department that, literally, digs beneath the surface of city hall.
"It's a good job for my family," she explains. "And I'm leaving on a very high note at the Chronicle."
Gordon says this development came about quickly. She got her papers from the city yesterday, gave her two-week notice on the same day, and will leave today.
"I have loved this job. I couldn't find a better one," she says. "But, yeah, I am excited."
Gordon's former colleagues lauded her as one of the paper's most knowledgeable, respected, and tenacious reporters. "This is a real blow to readers of the Chronicle and Bay Area journalism," says Carl T. Hall, a former science writer for the paper who is now the executive officer of the Pacific Media Workers Guild. "She was a real asset to this troubled craft. She's been a terrific, hard-nosed reporter."
After a brief interview with SF Weekly, Gordon left to turn in her press pass to her erstwhile employer.