Bay Citizen appoints interim CEO while awaiting word on merger

The Bay Citizen
Chief Technology Officer Brian C. Kelley takes over as CEO of the San Francisco-based nonprofit news site after the former CEO, interim editor-in-chief and founding editor-in-chief all resigned in the last five months. Kelley’s temporary appointment comes at the beginning of a week when the news organization expects to learn its fate.

Directors of The Bay Citizen met Monday to continue discussions about a new CEO and a possible merger that, if consummated, would put the organization under the control of the Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting. A decision whether to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the board of CIR is expected by the end of this week.

Sources on both sides of the discussions said Monday that no agreements had been reached Monday, and cautioned that talks over the new leadership and possible merger could fall apart.

Former San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein is expected to take over as the head of the merged organization.

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