In this episode, I talk with author and historian, Geoffrey Dunn about his family’s history, the evolution of journalism locally, and the earthquake, among other things.
Geoffrey Dunn is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker with more than three decades experience as an investigative reporter. A contributor to The Huffington Post, where he has broken several national stories since the 2008 presidential campaign, Dunn has also served as a Senior Editor for Metro Newspapers in Northern California, where he has garnered awards for investigative journalism from the National Newspaper Association, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Peninsula Press Club. His books include the Amazon bestseller “The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power,” “Santa Cruz Is In the Heart,” and “Chinatown Dreams: The Life and Photographs of George Lee.” He also contributed a significant chapter to “Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment During World War II.” His documentary films include the award-winning “Calypso Dreams,” “Miss…or Myth?,” “Chinese Gold,” and “Dollar a Day, 10¢ a Dance.” Dunn received a B.A. in politics, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has taught courses in documentary film, nonfiction writing and American political history and culture. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award there in 2000. Dunn was raised in the Santa Cruz Italian fishing community and worked in the Pacific Coast fishery industry until the mid-1980s.
Rachel is host of Talk of the Bay and Board Chair of KSQD. She is the producer of radio documentaries such as Southern Songbirds: The Women of Early Country and Old Time Music, The Boomtown Chronicles, and Pastures of Plenty, a History of California Farmworkers. She teaches journalism at Cabrillo College in Aptos. She is a recipient of a Peabody award for excellence in journalism.