The San Diego Free Press, a left-wing, progressive news website, will shut down effective Dec. 14. Loss of donor support was cited as a reason in a 674-word note signed by editorial board members Anna Daniels, Rich Kačmar, Annie Lane, Doug Porter, Brent Beltrán, Frank Gormlie and Patty Jones. The site said it had more than 100 volunteer contributors who contributed more than 9,000 articles annually
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San Diego Family Magazine has announced the addition of Crystal Grobner as a sales executive, succeeding Ramona Warner who retired. Grobner’s territory will include East County, according to Sharon Bay, publisher. “I’ve been a big fan of the magazine for a long time before joining the staff,” Grobner said. “I’m raising two daughters and San Diego Family Magazine has been one of my most favorite sources of information.” A San Diego native, Grobner was previously with Viejas Casino and Resort as the events and promotions manager. She has 10 years of experience in marketing, restaurant hospitality and sales training. She has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University.
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Bridgepoint Education Inc. (NYSE: BPI) has appointed Dori Abel to the position of vice president of corporate communications. Abel will oversee and provide strategic direction to investor relations, internal and external communications, public and media relations, and corporate social media for Bridgepoint and its universities. Abel succeeds Anna Davison, who left AMN Healthcare to join Bridgepoint in 2016. Davison recently returned to AMN as director of corporate communications. Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Abel served as the senior vice president of communications at Synchrony Financial, where she led the communications for the organization’s initial public offering and separation from GE, and supported its new brand creation and launch.