Newspaper Editor Assassinated
Reporter murdered in broad daylight
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 2, 2007 5:39 PM CDT
Oakland (Calif.) police officers investigate the scene where Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey was shot to death in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. Bailey, the outspoken new editor of the...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The editor of an Oakland newspaper was shot dead in broad daylight today in what police say they believe was a contracted hit, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Chauncey Bailey was a fixture in the African-American community, known for aggressive coverage of issues and confrontational interviews with city officials. But the motives behind his killing remain unknown.

Witnesses said a masked man in dark clothing approached Bailey in downtown Oakland and shot him twice before driving away. Bailey, 57, was a reporter at the Oakland Tribune for 10 years before being fired in 2005 for ethics violations. He was named editor of the weekly Oakland Post, Northern California's largest African-American-run paper, in June.