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Veteran U-T San Diego Reporter Leaving to Work for Supervisor Jacob

East County beat writer Steve Schmidt has been with San Diego daily paper for 27 years.

Veteran U-T San Diego reporter Steve Schmidt, who has covered East County in recent years, is taking a job with 2nd District county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, he has announced.

“From hack to flack: I’m leaving the U-T next week to work as communications advisor for county Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Wish me well!” he said Tuesday via Twitter.

Scott Peters, the Democrat running for Congress against Rep. Brian Bilbray in the 52nd District, tweeted: “Good luck Steve! Our community was well served by your analysis. So will be the supervisor.”

Schmidt, an El Cajon resident, called himself fortunate for having worked at the San Diego daily since April 1985, he said.

“I’ve had a rich and full journalism career,” Schmidt wrote Ramona resident Jack Reber, who maintains a mailing list of current and former Union-Tribune newsroom workers. “Now I get a chance to have a rich and full career doing something else, and I’m excited about it.”

Schmidt, originally hired by the morning San Diego Union, has covered transportation, National City, Escondido, downtown redevelopment, San Diego City Hall, higher education, K-12 education and California and the West.

“I was given the time to burrow into topics of deep personal interest (the Navajo, the state prison system, East County education),” he wrote. “So yeah, I’ve been fortunate.”

His many awards include one in 2011 from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

He was honored for a story headlined “Veterans Recall the day of the War's End 65 Years Ago Today.”

“Mr. Schmidt wrote a feature newspaper article that revealed what it must have felt like on that August day, 65 days ago, to know the joy that the war was over and that the service men and women would be returning home to their families,” said the San Diego chapter.

Schmidt is one of several high-profile reporters leaving U-T San Diego, according to San Diego Free Press. The website said: “WatchDog reporter Ashly McGlone is relocating to the Silicon Valley.” 

“It’s a tough move & I will miss this town and its headaches on some level,” McGlone tweeted.

Gerry Reeves September 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Congratulations, Steve!!! You are going to work for an outstanding county supervisor. Dianne is one of my all-time favorites for her amazing and consistent dedication to her district!!!
F. Dunn September 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Steve, I was a long-time friend of you and your wife R. I congratulate you on the courage to leave.
Doug Curlee September 08, 2012 at 02:37 AM
steve was one of the few down in mission valley who knew what they were talking.. and writing.. about.. papa doug's loss is dianne's gain..talk to you spoon, steve.. doug
Albert Haven, Ed.D. September 08, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Your experience and understanding of East County affairs are a fabulous addition to Diane's office. You'll love it there.
Mural September 14, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Lot of North County Times employees talking smack about their new bosses. Most outspoken sports guys have been John Maffei and Eric Bryer (sp?) Kent Davy trying to broker deal to keep him employed. Continuing to be a Lee yes man while aiming for Papa Doug and Johnny Lynch to not show him the door. Nobody in the building is excited about this merger.
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