BREAKING NEWS David Hernandez joins S.F. Chronicle as breaking news reporter

David Hernandez joins S.F. Chronicle as breaking news reporter


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From Breaking News Editor Dominic Fracassa:

The San Francisco Chronicle is pleased to announce that David Hernandez has joined its breaking news team as a reporter. 

Hernandez’s arrival at the Chronicle follows his nearly eight years of reporting at the San Diego Union-Tribune, where he covered criminal justice, public safety and law enforcement across San Diego County. 

At the Chronicle, Hernandez will deliver critical stories that reflect and explain the Bay Area’s most urgent narratives surrounding criminal justice and public safety.

“As a Santa Cruz native, I’ve always admired the work of the San Francisco Chronicle, and I am thrilled to join a newsroom that delivers impactful stories every day,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to giving a voice to Bay Area residents impacted by policing, delving into the complexities of crime and law enforcement, and holding police officials accountable.”

Hernandez will report to the Chronicle’s breaking news editor, Dominic Fracassa.

“We are thrilled to bring David’s deep experience covering public safety and his keen sense of storytelling to our newsroom,” Fracassa said. “His arrival comes at a pivotal moment for the Bay Area, one that requires fearless, sensitive and attentive reporting to ensure our readers receive the kind of top-notch journalism that helps them understand their world. David will help us provide that.” 


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Hernandez has won several awards for his reporting, including a San Diego Society of Professional Journalists award for a story that dug into the life of a man who went on a killing spree targeting mostly homeless men.

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Hernandez has been involved in the San Diego-Tijuana chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. As a member of a committee, he has helped raise funds and award scholarships to college students.  

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, he enjoys the outdoors, coffee and Oaxacan culture (his heritage). 

Hernandez’s first day is Dec. 4. 


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About The San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle ( is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by the Hearst in 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. Follow us on Twitter at @SFChronicle.

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