Veteran journalist and former Climate Magazine political columnist Mark Simon is now writing a weekly column for the San Mateo Daily Journal.
Simon made the announcement in his first column published today.
Simon was a veteran political reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle when he joined SamTrans in 2004 as a special assistant to the general manager and CEO. He worked his way up to Chief of Staff at SamTrans before retiring in 2017.
His journalism career was re-kindled in February 2018, when Climate Magazine invited him aboard as a political columnist. He became a leading voice in the community, crafting weekly pieces about local politics and issues and, on occasion, personal stories. He resigned his Climate column in July.
Climate Magazine Publisher Adam Alberti said the county is a better place when Simon is writing about it.
“Mark is an exceptional journalist. He’s about facts, fairness and getting to the truth,” Alberti said. “The Daily Journal and our community as a whole are very lucky to have his voice.”
In his first Daily Journal column, Simon referred to himself “a local news guy.”
“My roots as a journalist are grounded in local news,” he wrote. “Indeed, my interests always have been aligned with the Daily Journal’s. And those interests are local news, local politics, local life and local newspapers.”
In additional to his column, Simon also co-hosts The Game, a show on Peninsula TV about local politics and other topics, alongside Assemblymember Kevin Mullin.