August 8, 2007

Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey. (AP Photo/Oakland Tribune)

Suspect Charged With Murder of Oakland Post Editor

A 19-year-old handyman has been charged with the Aug. 2 murder of the editor of the Oakland (Calif.) Post, a weekly newspaper serving the black communities of the San Francisco Bay area.

Devaughndre Broussard, who works at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, told police he shot Chauncey Bailey, 57, over anger with Bailey’s stories about the bakery’s financial and legal problems. The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported that Broussard drove around in a van searching for the editor, found him walking to work on a downtown Oakland street and shot him several times.

Police had been preparing to conduct raids involving the bakery on the morning Bailey was shot. Broussard was one of several people arrested in the raids as part of a police investigation into a series of violent crimes, including murder and kidnapping.

Bailey, a veteran journalist who previously worked at the Tribune, KDIA-AM radio, Soul Beat TV and The Detroit News, had just assumed the editorship of the Oakland Post in June.

Oakland Tribune managing editor Martin G. Reynolds called Bailey “a friend, a valued colleague and a loving father.” Bailey is survived by a 13-year-old son.

Journalists are targeted for death frequently in other countries, most notably the Philippines, Colombia and Russia. Murder is relatively rare in the United States. A notable exception was the 1976 murder of Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

The Newseum’s Journalist Memorial bears the names of more than 1,600 journalists who died while reporting the news. A separate display is devoted to the story of Bolles’s murder, and the many reporters who went to Phoenix to complete work on the corruption story he was working on when killed.

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