Kevin Keane is the former business editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and executive editor of the Bay Area News Group (BANG).
With more than 30 years’ experience as a reporter, editor, and newspaper executive, Mr. Keane brings a broad range of skills to his role as senior consultant for Singer Associates. As the business editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, he managed a staff of award-winning reporters and columnists covering the booming Bay Area economy. Among his duties at the news organization, Mr. Keane was responsible for coverage of new technology, alternative energy, real estate, personal finance, agriculture, tourism, venture capital and social media.
Prior to the Chronicle, Mr. Keane was the executive editor for Bay Area News Group – East Bay, the media company formed by the acquisition of the Contra Costa Times by MediaNews Group. As the top newsroom executive, Mr. Keane was responsible for 11 daily newspapers and a dozen weeklies in three counties in the Bay Area. His duties included developing labor strategies with the executive team, and managing the consolidation of formerly competitive news organizations.
Mr. Keane was a founding member and chief executive of the Chauncey Bailey Project, a unique coalition of print, television and radio journalists organized following the murder of the well-known Oakland editor. The years-long project led to a number of arrests and reforms, and won 13 state and national awards for investigative journalism. Mr. Keane was also among the lead editors of a series of stories that detailed how the long-term health of people living in our nation’s cities can differ neighborhood by neighborhood. The series was the winner of the 2010 Edgar A. Poe award as selected by the White House Press Association in Washington D.C.
Prior to being named chief editor at BANG, Mr. Keane was the vice president and executive editor of ANG Newspapers in Oakland, CA. In his career, Mr. Keane has worked as a reporter, columnist, editorial page editor and managing editor at newspapers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Keane holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University.