Chauncey Bailey, the editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post, was shot down and murdered early in the morning on Aug. 2, 2007 in front of a child care center at 14th and Alice Streets in downtown Oakland. Some of those involved with the killing are now in prison.
Bailey was shot while walking to work from his apartment near Lake Merritt. He was scheduled to meet with Post Publisher Paul Cobb to discuss Bailey’s series of articles on the Oakland Police Department after the head of the Oakland Police Officers Association had called to tell him to stop investigating officers’ overtime pay and the report of their conduct towards youth.
“Even though the city and the Post staff lost its courageous editor over an article we never published, we have since remained steadfastly committed to his unabashedly straightforward investigative style while calling for more transparency in government. His reputation and accomplishments have inspired many to pursue journalism at the Post/El Mundo and elsewhere,” said Cobb.