Berkeley, CA. (October 4) – Heyday is pleased to announce that Narda Zacchino, former top editor at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, has been appointed executive editor by Steve Wasserman, Heyday’s publisher and executive director. She will be based in Los Angeles and will work with both Wasserman and Gayle Wattawa, Heyday’s editorial director.
Wasserman said: “I’m thrilled that Narda Zacchino has agreed to join Heyday’s merry band. She is an extraordinary editor and gifted journalist with a keen sense of California’s delights and dilemmas. She will anchor Heyday in Southern California and deepen our statewide presence.”
Zacchino commented: “As a longtime admirer of Heyday and its founder Malcolm Margolin, I am excited about playing a role in Steve’s plans for its future, particularly in helping Heyday mine the literary gold of Southern California.”
Narda Zacchino has been a professional journalist, writer, and editor since graduating from UCLA in 1970. Her most recent book, California Comeback: How a “Failed State” Became a Model for the Nation (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2016), was praised by historian Kevin Starr as “a fast-moving and informed tour de force of contemporary history.” She also is coauthor with Mary Tillman of Boots on the Ground, about the death of Pat Tillman by friendly fire in Afghanistan. During her 31 years at the Los Angeles Times, Zacchino worked as reporter, government and politics editor, Sacramento bureau chief, Orange County edition editor, and associate editor and vice president. She was a cocreator of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. After leaving the Times, she worked at the San Francisco Chronicle as deputy editor, as an editor for the Center for Investigative Reporting, and for The Real News Network as a consultant. She cofounded Time Capsule Press and served as its publisher and editor. She was a four-time Pulitzer Prize judge. Zacchino has helped women break barriers in the journalism world and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Women’s Media Foundation and Journalism and Women’s Symposium. She is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy.
Zacchino lives with her husband, Robert Scheer, in Los Angeles.