Roland De Wolk is a San Francisco Bay Area based author, investigative reporter, university journalism teacher, and news producer. As with the some 1.3 billion other people worldwide with Web sites, he is also a public speaker. He’s pretty good, though.

De Wolk’s 40 decades in journalism has specialized in investigative projects as well as news features, from which he has won most major citations in his field, including being honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with its coveted Career Achievement Award. Briefly outside of journalism, in 2014 he completed a commission by the California state Senate to investigate the huge delays and cost overruns of the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, resulting in a series of Senate hearings, legislation, and major national news coverage. Working through and California News International, he is currently involved in several other investigations and news features. He is currently authoring a break-through book regarding California and U.S. history and the origins of the Silicon Valley.

Roland spent the first half of his professional career as a print journalist, both for daily newspapers and magazines across the United States and Europe.  He has spent the second half greatly expanding to broadcast and online journalism, his original work published, posted, and broadcast ranging across outlets such as the New York Times, the (UK) Guardian, and CNN. He has created, produced and written nationally recognized and internationally covered news specials, as well as special broadcasts for sports, wildlife and live news events. He is co-founder of one of the first original online journalism sites in the world and authored the first university textbook for online journalism. Roland has also authored two outdoors books, published by Chronicle Books of San Francisco. De Wolk is Senior Lecturer (aka Adjunct Professor) at San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department, where he has taught with distinction for 25 years.

He has been a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Committee for Concerned Journalists, the New Media Executive Roundtable, and was an Inaugural Fellow for the Freedom Forum’s New Media Technologies program. He was also a reporter and the managing editor for broadcast for the well-noted Chauncey Bailey Project, while the partnership was active.

Roland De Wolk is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, held a fellowship at Stanford University, and has lectured at many institutions and forums coast-to-coast. He grew up in the Bay Area, where he still lives. He has also lived overseas and has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America as well as Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

He had been — until the owners betrayed Oakland twice — an unabashed Oakland Raiders fan since childhood and didn’t care who knew it. Roland De Wolk has been happily married to the same woman for more than 30 years. They have two young adult sons. They are all smarter than he is.

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