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Politicos, Journalists, Friends Remember Gloria Penner

Gloria Penner, KPBS Senior Political Correspondent and host of Editors' Roundtable, was inducted in 2011 into the KPBS Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Gloria Penner, KPBS Senior Political Correspondent and host of Editors' Roundtable, was inducted in 2011 into the KPBS Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Politicos, Journalists, Friends Remember Gloria Penner
Today's Roundtable features some of the many touched by Gloria's style, standards, mentoring and, most definitely, her sharp and insightful questions. They include: Tom Karlo, KPBS General Manager Susan Davis, Member of Congress Ron Roberts, San Diego County Supervisor Marti Emerald, San Diego City Council Member The original editors: Bob Kittle, John Warren, Tim McClain, Kent Davy Scott Lewis, CEO, VoiceofSanDiego David Rolland, Editor, San Diego CityBeat Amita Sharma, reporter, KPBS News Alissa Joyce Barba, Editor, Fronteras Changing America Desk Hank Crook, former producer, Editor's Roundtable Debra Kodama, former News Assistant

When Gloria Penner created the "Editor's Roundtable" in 1998, her idea was to provide San Diegans with both analysis and context for the news stories of the week. Everything was fair game: politics, the economy, crime and justice, real estate, the arts.

She even tackled sports, although not enthusiastically.

She wanted a panel of Editors because they, rather than reporters, could express opinions, and opinions can make a show more interesting and fun.

Her go-to panel most often included Bob Kittle, the lead editorial writer for the San Diego Union Tribune; John Warren, editor and publisher of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint; Tim McClain, editor of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine; and Kent Davy, editor of the North County Times.

All of these, except Voice and Viewpoint, eventually changed hands or direction, or no longer exist. But Gloria welcomed the new kids on the block, championing the on-line VoiceofSanDiego and the weekly San Diego CityBeat. She even wrote a blog, "Political Fix," for a time.

Today's Roundtable features some of the many touched by Gloria's style, standards, mentoring and, most definitely, her sharp and insightful questions. They include:

Tom Karlo, KPBS General Manager

Susan Davis, Member of Congress

Ron Roberts, San Diego County Supervisor

Marti Emerald, San Diego City Council Member

The original editors: Bob Kittle, John Warren, Tim McClain, Kent Davy

Scott Lewis, CEO, VoiceofSanDiego

David Rolland, Editor, San Diego CityBeat

Amita Sharma, reporter, KPBS News

Alissa Joyce Barba, Editor, Fronteras Changing America Desk

Hank Crook, former producer, Editor's Roundtable

Debra Kodama, former News Assistant