Steve Geissinger, who for years brought you news from our Sacramento office before falling victim to our company’s latest downsizing late last month, has landed on his feet, just as I knew he would: He’s the new reporter for Capitol Television News Service, as reporter Rob Griffith moves up to be bureau chief.
CTNS is an independent, subscriber-driven news service supplying dozens of television news departments across the state with daily satellite video feeds and news stories on state news and political developments. CTNS News Director Steve Mallory, himself a former correspondent, said Steve will continue CTNS’ tradition of reliable and objective reports to its subscriber stations: “For more than 20 years, CTNS has delivered the cold, hard facts on state politicians. I’m confident Steve will be a solid addition to our aggressive team of journalists.”
Being back in the saddle means Steve’s reinstatement as president of the Capitol Correspondents Association of California — not an easy post to stomach, given all the downsizing happening at news outlets everywhere.
“Amid state budget chaos, this is one of those historic times to keep an eye on the Capitol. But after I was forced to leave MediaNews in the downsizing of its Sacramento bureau, there were no mainstream newspaper job openings covering the Capitol,” Steve told me.
“Actually, I was told there will be more cuts and more cuts in the newspaper industry. Nobody really knows where it will stop. So I was very lucky a TV news service job opened at the right moment. But TV is under the same economic pressures caused by the Internet. Maybe something on the Internet will develop into a mainstream, objective watchdog independent of for-profit newspapers and TV. But right now, the watchdog that’s so key to democracy is fading away.”
Steve said as CCAC president he’s willing to assist any nonprofit foundation willing to step up to restore that watchdog.