Jerene Appleby Harnish

Jerene Appleby Harnish to Hall of Fame

Jerene Appleby Harnish is a 2016 inductee into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Harnish and her first husband, Frank Bell Appleby, bought The Daily Report in Ontario in 1930. When he died in 1936, the task of operating the then-small newspaper fell to Harnish.

She guided The Daily Report through circulation growth from 4,000 to 28,000, and collected numerous editorial and advertising citations and awards.

Under her leadership, the newspaper editorially spearheaded the drive for local membership in the Metropolitan Water District, pushed for industrial expansion, freeway construction and Ontario International Airport development and campaigned for civil service status for county employees.

After selling The Daily Report to the Progress Bulletin Co., in 1965, Harnish continued in publishing as chairman of the board of Times-Advocate Inc., owner of the daily newspaper in Escondido, and as chairman of the Victor Valley Publishing Co., which operated the Victor Press in Victorville.

Donrey Media merged the Daily Report and the Progress Bulletin of Pomona in 1990 to create the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

“The rules used by me as publisher are few and simple,” Harnish wrote in 1960. “The first one is to publish the very best newspaper possible with the money and talent available. Honesty in news reporting is of paramount importance, as it is in the conduct of any business. An abiding belief in the people’s right to know is another essential.”

Cal Press will induct Harnish into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco. Cal Press also will induct Nan Tucker McEvoy (1919-2015), who headed the parent company of the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1980s and 1990s.

Registration is now open for Cal Press’ 139th Annual Winter Meeting. Please register by Nov. 23. The Cal Press hotel room block closes tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 9.

To learn more about the event, and Cal Press membership, please read the Cal Press newsletter.

Previously: Mark Twain Award to Morrie Turner