Brad Bollinger, editor and associate publisher of the North Bay Business Journal, has been named publisher of the six-county business publication.

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Mr. Bollinger joined the Business Journal as editor in 2005 when it was purchased by the New York Times Co.

The Business Journal was purchased in November 2012 by Sonoma Media Investments, LLC., a locally owned multimedia company. 

"Under Brad’s leadership the North Bay Business Journal has expanded its coverage and event offerings throughout the North Bay and is now the most respected source of business news in the area," said Steve Falk, chief executive officer of Sonoma Media Investments. "We are pleased to recognize Brad’s achievements by naming him publisher.”

The Business Journal focuses its coverage on the North Bay counties of Sonoma, Napa and Marin, but also reaches into Solano, Lake and Mendocino counties. In addition to the weekly newspaper and annual Book of Lists, the Journal has a robust suite of about two dozen industry and awards events a year, such as its signature Wine Industry Conference and Best Places to Work.

“It has been my privilege to be an observer of and participant in the North Bay’s vibrant business community,” Mr. Bollinger said. “We have an incredible team of people at the Business Journal dedicated to serving business and broader community. That’s what drives us and will continue to drive us.”

Prior to working at the Business Journal, Mr. Bollinger was business editor at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat for 15 years. During his tenure, the daily newspaper won numerous awards for its business coverage, including the prestigious Polk Award in 2004 for Global Shift, a multiday series on the local impacts of globalization.

Mr. Bollinger is active in the community having served on several nonprofit boards. He currently is vice chairman of the North Bay Leadership Council and also serves on boards of directors of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma County Alliance and Empire College and is a trustee on the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation in Santa Rosa.

Mr. Bollinger has a journalism degree from San Jose State University and master’s in communication from Chico State University. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, Corine.

Mr. Bollinger will remain as the Journal's editor.

Sonoma-based Sonoma Media Investments provides world-class local news, information and entertainment throughout San Francisco’s North Bay. Its flagship media company, The Press Democrat, is the North Bay’s most-read provider of up-to-the-minute, local news. The new company also owns Petaluma Argus-Courier, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Magazine, Santa Rosa Magazine and numerous online and mobile sites.

Its Press Democrat Media Lab is a recognized leader in the development of highly effective multimedia marketing solutions for its business clients.