San Diego Free Press Staff

Current editors, authors and contributors to the San Diego Free Press

A few words about each of us…

Doug Porter

Doug was active in the early days of the alternative press in San Diego, contributing to the OB Liberator, the print version of the OB Rag, the San Diego Door, and the San Diego Street Journal. He is a proud husband, father and cancer survivor. Doug has blogged on Huffington Post, Daily Kos and Voice of San Diego.

Doug is also the energy behind the daily column titled “The Starting Line”. Follow him on twitter @dougporter506

You can reach him at:

Archive of Doug’s posts…

Frank Gormlie

A lawyer and grassroots activist, I was finally convinced by Patty Jones to start the OB Rag after she got tired of listening to my rants about the news. Way back during the Dinosaurs in 1970, I founded the original Ocean Beach People’s Rag – OB’s famous underground newspaper, and then later during the early Eighties, published The Whole Damn Pie Shop, a progressive alternative to the Reader.

Archive of Frank’s posts…

Anna Daniels

I left a moribund Western Pennsylvania mill town the year that Richard M. Nixon was not impeached for crimes against the American people, and set off in search of truth, beauty, justice and a beat I could dance to.

Here I am.

Archive of Anna’s posts…

Andy Cohen

Andy spent 15 years working in the highest levels of the San Diego professional sports world, including both the Padres and the Chargers.  He began his foray into writing while a volunteer for Francine Busby’s 2010 Congressional campaign, eventually becoming a contributor to the now defunct SDNN.  He has reported on local and national politics for both the OB Rag and the San Diego Free Press.  When not reporting news and events, he offers political and policy commentary from a liberal perspective, occasionally turning back to his sports roots.  While he does not hide his more liberal political bent, Andy always strives for fairness in the telling of a story.

Archive of Andy’s posts…

Annie Lane

Annie Lane is a freelance writer with a passion for the environment and the separation of church and … just about everything. Annie grew up on a sailboat and was raised “throughout the world” as her family spent six and a half years circumnavigating the globe. She lives with her fiancé, their daughter and a host of wayward animals in Point Loma, and can sometimes be found scaling its hills on a long afternoon walk.

Archive of Annie’s posts…

Christine Schanes

Christine Schanes, J.D., Ph.D., is a consultant and public educator in the area of homelessness. Christine is director of two departments within Nos Amis/Our Friends, Inc.: (1) the new Center for Justice and Social Compassion and (2) Children Helping Poor and Homeless People , co-founded by Christine and her two children, Chrissy, age 8, and Patrick, age 6 over twenty years ago. Today, CHPHP is a nationally recognized educational outreach program conducted by children and teens with adult advisors that encourages direct service.

Archive of Christine’s posts…

Jim Miller

Jim Miller, a professor at San Diego City College, is the co-author of Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See and Better to Reign in Hell, and author of the novel Drift. His most recent novel on the San Diego free speech fights and the IWW, Flash, is on AK Press.

Archive of Jim’s posts…

Ernie McCray

I was raised in a loving and alive home, in a black neighborhood filled with colorful characters in Tucson, Arizona. Such an environment gave me a hint that life has to be grabbed by the tail as tight as a pimple on a mosquito’s butt. With no BS and a whole lot of love. So, from those days to now I get up every morning set on making the world a better place. On my good foot*, and I hope my writing reflects that.

*an old black expression

Archive of Ernie’s posts…

Judi Curry

High school dropout who decided to show the educational community what learning is all about. If it’s the status quo something’s wrong with it and I’ll scratch the itch!

Archive of Judi’s posts…

Jack Hamlin

Scratchy curmudgeon with a reflective side, my students call me Lao Xu Long (Old Snow Dragon). Surfer, teacher, facilitator, recovering attorney (I’ve had all my shots), cook, canine steward and writer, I proudly maintain dual citizenship with the People’s Republic of O.B. and Planet Earth. Opening a can of worms is only the beginning of a good time and don’t change the subject to avoid doing so. Peace be with you and Namaste…

Archive of Jack’s posts…

John Lawrence

John Lawrence graduated from Georgia Tech, Stanford and University of California at San Diego. While at UCSD, he was one of the original writer/workers on the San Diego Free Press in the late 1960s. He founded the San Diego Jazz Society in 1984 which had grants from the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and presented both local and nationally known jazz artists. His website is Social Choice and Beyond which exemplifies his interest in Economic Democracy. His book is East West Synthesis. He also blogs at Will Blog For Food. He can be reached at

Archive of John’s posts…

John P. Anderson

John was an accountant in a former life and now devotes his time to child-rearing, reading, writing, and working to ensure that San Diego is truly America’s Finest City.  Interested in environmental issues, John enjoys connecting with others that want to improve the health of our world and community.
You can find John at or on Twitter (@j_p_a_).  Comments, suggestions, wisdom, and complaints are enthusiastically welcomed.

Archive of John’s posts…

Brent E. Beltrán

Brent E. Beltran is a third generation pocho that lives next door to Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan. He’s the former publisher of Calaca Press, is married to his dreaming heart watcher and is the proud father of a baby Dino-saur. He’s an MMA watching junkie who likes to get his nerd on by seeing superhero and sci-fi movies/tv shows while he’s not shouting at Republiklans for being blatant assholes and Democratas for being spineless chumps. He can be contacted via email at and through his Twitter account @DesdeLaLogan.

Archive of Brent’s posts…

Dixon Guizot

Born and raised in San Diego, Dixon Guizot reports on a range of topics, including politics, economics, music and sports. With a limited attention span for straight news, Dixon often writes from a humorous or satirical perspective.

Archive of Dixon’s posts…

Brenda McFarlane

Brenda moved to LA from Toronto to find work as a TV writer. There she met Kevin. He brought her to SD to show off the city and take her to a baseball game. They kept coming back, especially to OB. One day they saw the light and realized who they really wanted to be. They’ve lived in OB ever since.

Patty Jones

Affectionately known as the “tech desk” in the virtual San Diego Free Press office, Patty likes to tinker with things; mechanical, geekery…. anything she can hope to take apart and put back together (including this website).

Got a comment regarding the website or technical issues? Send them to Patty!

Archive of Patty’s posts…

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