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Type of site
News website
Available inEnglish
Headquarters901 Mission Street, ,
OwnerHearst Newspapers
EditorGrant Marek
LaunchedNovember 3, 1994; 29 years ago (1994-11-03)
Current statusActive

SFGate is a news website based out of San Francisco, California, covering news, culture, travel, food, politics and sports in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii and California. The site, owned by Hearst Newspapers, reaches approximately 25 million to 30 million unique readers a month, making it the second most popular news site in California, after the Los Angeles Times.[1][2][3]

Launched on November 3, 1994 as The Gate,[4] and renamed SFGate in 1998, the site once served as the digital home of the San Francisco Chronicle.[5] SFGate and the San Francisco Chronicle split into two separate newsrooms in 2019, with independent editorial staff.[6] The SFGate newsroom consists of about 40 staff, including Drew Magary and Rod Benson.[7] Grant Marek has served as editor-in-chief since 2019.

Awards and accolades

In 2010, SFGate won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for Mark Fiore's cartoons, marking the first time the award had been given to work not appearing in print.[8][9]

In 2021, the site won 10 San Francisco Press Club awards for stories including a look at the future of San Francisco's Great Highway and a profile on members of the Paiute tribe saving their ancestral homeland from wildfires.[10]


  1. ^ "About SFGATE". SFGate. October 2020. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  2. ^ " Traffic Analytics". Similarweb. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  3. ^ Harrison, Laird (March 25, 2013). "San Francisco Chronicle Launches Paywall; Reporters Launch Twitter Strike". KQED. Retrieved December 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Lewis, Peter H. (November 9, 1994). "The Media Business; A Newspaper Labor Dispute Spawns an On-Line Rivalry". The New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  5. ^ Kershner, Vlae (November 3, 2009). "SFGate turns 15: A timeline". SFGate. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  6. ^ Batey, Eve (January 17, 2020). "Legendary Mission Bar Amnesia Is Closing". Eater. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  7. ^ Cornish, Audie (May 28, 2021). "The Mental Health Burden Of Sports Press Conferences After Losing". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved December 8, 2022.
  8. ^ Trostle, JP (April 13, 2010). "Mark Fiore wins 2010 Pulitzer Prize". Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  9. ^ Siegel, Robert (April 13, 2010). "Online Cartoonist Wins Pulitzer". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved December 8, 2022.
  10. ^ "The 2021 winners". San Francisco Press Club. October 5, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2022.

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