Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ron Riesterer retires after 50 years

Retiring Oakland Tribune photographer Ron Riesterer, 69, "chased squawks on the police scanner, shot three Super Bowls and five World Series, photographed celebrities and every U.S. president from Kennedy to Bush. There were the riots in the '60s, the sit-ins at Cal, the Black Panthers, Patty Hearst, wildfires, floods, city council meetings, Democratic and Republican conventions, and pets of the week. ... Oh, and did we mention the Pulitzer Prize awarded in 1990 to Riesterer and the Tribune photo staff for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake?"

Now, after 50 years at the Tribune — the past 10 as director of photography for Bay Area News Group-East Bay's chain of newspapers — Riesterer says he's ready for a quieter life with his wife, Jan, in their Brentwood home. It's conveniently situated on the fringe of a golf course, which is one of Riesterer's favorite places to be. More (Photo credit: Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune)

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