Charleen Earley Takes Over as Editor

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Charleen Earley was appointed editor-in-chief of The Orinda News in October.

    Long-time freelance writer, publisher and teacher Charleen Earley became The Orinda News’ editor-in-chief as of Oct. 1.
    An adjunct journalism professor at Diablo Valley College, Butte College and Foothill College, Earley is well grounded in the basics of writing. Coupled with her 24 years’ experience as a freelance writer/photographer for such Bay Area publications as San Francisco Chronicle, The Record, East Bay Times and Napa Valley Life Magazine, Earley is a welcome addition to The Orinda News staff.
    “I’m overjoyed and honored to be a part of what feels like a team and family at The Orinda News,” Earley said. “Writing, publishing, interviewing, editing and designing are my passions, along with teaching of course, so it doesn’t feel like work, it feels like I’m getting paid to play with new friends.”
    No newcomer to publishing, the experienced journalist founded and published Delta Living Magazine for five years before selling it in 2017. She currently owns and publishes Colorful Living Magazine, a 32-page quarterly print and online publication.
    At home in front of a microphone as well as behind a computer keyboard, Earley is a stand-up comic working with a plethora of local comedians as well as booking A-list comedians from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in her comedy shows. You can get a taste of her brand of humor in her column “Funny Side Up” on page 19.
    “We feel very fortunate to have Charleen take over this very important role with the newspaper and know she’ll be a wonderful addition to our team,” said Orinda Association President Carlos Baltodano.
    Born in Michigan and raised in Oakland, Earley now calls Oakley home. “Since I live in far east county, it’s exciting to get to know and journal this community – it’s culture, politics, history and future,” Earley said.

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