Roland De Wolk is a San Francisco Bay Area based investigative reporter, news producer, author, and university journalism teacher. Like the 43 million other people with a Web page, he is also a public speaker. He’s pretty good, though.
De Wolk specializes in investigative projects and well as news features, and has won most major citations in his field, most recently being honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with its Career Achievement Award. SPJ.org 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 and major national news coverage. Working through NewsToTheNextPower.com and California News International, he is currently involved in several other investigations and news features. He is also authoring a break-through book regarding California 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. He has created, produced and written nationally recognized and internationally covered news specials, as well as special broadcasts for sports, wildlife and live 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 more than 20 years. San Francisco State University Journalism Dept.
He is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Committee for Concerned Journalists and has been a member of 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 and grew up in the Bay Area, where he still lives. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America as well as Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
He has been an unabashed Oakland Raiders fan since childhood and doesn’t care who knows 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.
You can reach Roland De Wolk through Roland@NewsPort.org