Sean Scully is editor of the Napa Valley Register. You can reach him at 256-2246 or email@example.com.
When people hear that I worked on Capitol Hill for a number of years, they sometimes say something like “That must have been awful – aren’t the politicians just terrible people?”
It has become fashionable lately to talk about how artificial intelligence (or “AI” for the technologically hip among us) is threatening to overtake humans in many key categories. There has been a glut of studies, reports, news stories, and commentaries (including one in on our website just …
National Public Radio has been doing an interesting series lately called “Been There,” where they bring together someone who is just starting off on a new life experience – someone headed for college, someone facing a divorce, even someone facing a gender transition – and someone who has alr…
A guy from Sonoma County who I know mostly through Facebook posted an item last year about a modestly famous relative from the Revolutionary War era. I was surprised, because this also happens to be a relative of mine.
This week will mark my third anniversary as editor here at the Register. If you’d showed me then the job I’m doing today, I’d have hardly believed it. It’s like we’ve compressed a decade or more of change into just a couple of years.
My older son found out this week that he got into the college he wanted to attend, a college he has been eyeing and considering and talking about since at least ninth grade. Fair to say, the level of anticipation and tension in our house had been rising for several days before we got the good news on Friday.
This week, our editorial board opines about the possibility of professional baseball coming to Napa (Spoiler alert: We like the idea). If you happen to detect a little extra excitement in our editorial this week, there is a good reason: I wrote the editorial and I happen to love baseball. Es…
Anyone who has worked at a news organization knows that things tend to go off the rails in the final weeks of an election season. Candidates get flustered and emotional; readers – even ones who aren’t actively involved in a campaign – get testy and thin-skinned.
I’ve been considering writing a column about immigration lately, but as I began to construct the piece in my head over last weekend, I kept thinking what I had to say sounded strangely familiar.
When we think of the power of the press, we tend to think big, like The Washington Post doggedly uncovering the Watergate scandal. The reality is that most journalists never even get an opportunity to tackle a story that big
As the fog and rain lifted on Thursday morning, they revealed a magical sight: a healthy coating of snow along the eastern mountains over Calistoga, the first I remember seeing since 2011.
Mostly I take anonymous correspondence for what it’s worth (Not a lot, in my estimation). But one unsigned letter arrived a few weeks ago and it has been sitting on my desk. It’s begun to fascinate me.
All workmen have a bag of favorite tools. For a carpenter, it may be a hammer or a well-worn saw. For a cook, it might be a treasured sauté pan or a knife with just the right heft and balance. For writers, it’s words.
My grandmother was a history teacher and she had a theory of how most students viewed past events: Those things that have happened since I was born and everything else. The Roman Empire and the American Civil War, therefore, happened around the same time as far as anyone in her classes was c…
One of the most rewarding parts of working at a small newspaper is getting to know the cast of interesting characters who make up our faithful correspondents and readers. All newspapers have regulars who write and call frequently, but in a small community, it is possible to get to know them …
Perhaps it is naïve of me, but I certainly hope that whatever issue or campaign you’re invested in, and whether you win or lose in the end, you’ll pause a moment and remember the potential power of graciousness.
A reader emailed me this week to share his appreciation of what we’re doing at the Register, but he followed up with a worried (and important) question. “I'm continually impressed with your efforts in Napa,” he wrote. “By the way, is the paper going to become strictly digital?"
had intended to let the anniversary of the 2014 earthquake pass quietly in this space – after all, it’s been a central theme of my writing and our reporting generally for two years now, and maybe, what with our recent move to a new office, it’s time to give it a little bit of a rest. Until Tuesday night, that is, when news broke that an earthquake had leveled parts of some historic towns in central Italy.
Those of you who have dropped by my office to chat can testify that I love to analyze elections, ponder them, debate them, dissect the strategy, to talk all day long about who seems to be up and who seems to be down. But the one thing I won’t do is say conclusively who I think will win, or what ballot measures will pass.
In the wake of my analysis piece earlier this week looking at the big money that flooded the local Assembly and state Senate races, I got a note from a reader raising a perfectly reasonable question.
The British newspaper The Guardian has emerged as one of the world’s most successful and influential news organizations – scrappy, aggressive, iconoclastic, well-funded and well-respected.
As much as I love covering local government, analyzing the minutia of politics, or chasing a good breaking cops story, my real guilty pleasure in journalism is writing about, well, beer.