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Williams has written on subjects including the California cocaine trade, Oakland’s Black Panther Party and the career of San Francisco mayor and political power-broker Willie Brown. His journalism also has been honored with: the Gerald Loeb Award for financial writing; the California Associated Press’ Fairbanks Award for public service; and, on three occasions, the Center for California Studies' California Journalism Award for political reporting. He was the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Journalist of the Year in 1999.
Born in Ohio, he graduated from Brown University and the University of California-Berkeley and attended University College, London, U.K. Before joining the Chronicle, he worked as a reporter at the Hayward Daily Review, the Oakland Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner. He was a University of Michigan Journalism Fellow in 1986-87.
Well written, insightful and funny. I love Leonard's unflinching descriptions of his family members (and himself). I wanted more when I turned the last page. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Rabbit Flat Sharon
This is a delightful, funny account of a family vacation by talented author and former Good Morning America contributor, Mike Leonard. Read morePublished 17 days ago by lynette long
One of my favorite hitters of all time. It's too bad he wasn't a good person. It's for those reasons, despite lack of positive tests people paint him as guilty. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan Fitzgerald
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This is an excellent book that provides a full accounting of why Barry Bonds and many others started and continued to do steroids for years before being caught. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rob Gerstley