Veteran East Bay columnist Peggy Stinnett, who retired from the Oakland Tribune in 2005, has joined the Oakland Post as weekly guest columnist. The 50,000-circulation Post serves the East Bay's African-American community and is published and edited by Stinnett's longtime friend Paul Cobb. While at the Trib, and before that, the Montclarion, Stinnett attracted a large and loyal following among Oakland hills residents. She also has crossover appeal, Cobb said. "Through the years, she earned street cred and pulpit cred with the black community," said Cobb, who for years worked alongside Stinnett at the Trib as the paper's religion columnist.
Stinnett's first column for the Post appeared last week, and Cobb said his circulation department had to restock news racks in the Grand Lake area because the paper sold so briskly. "As a result of one column, she has caused people to seek subscriptions to the paper and we have sought more circulation spots in predominantly white and more affluent areas," said Cobb, who first worked with Stinnett in 1971 at the California Voice.
The addition of Stinnett coincides with the Post's attempt to grow beyond its traditional roots as black-only newspaper. Among the Post's other new contributors is Sanjiv Handa, a longtime Oakland City Hall reporter/political gadfly. Other well-known contributors include former Oakland City Councilman Wilson Riles Jr. and former city Planning Commissioner Clinton Killian.