Torri Minton

Award-winning journalist Torri Minton had a 16-year career at the San Francisco Chronicle and was a college journalism instructor before her death from cancer in August 2004. While at the Chronicle, Minton specialized in light, amusing features, but also reported major news stories, including the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and Polly Klass’s kidnapping and murder in 1993. She received a National Mental Health Association Gold Award for her reporting on earthquake survivors, and was honored by the Leukemia Society of America for a series on a 5-year-old girl with leukemia. Minton received the 1994 Dart Award Honorable mention for her personal reporting of her sister’s stabbing. Minton left the Chronicle in 2002 to teach journalism classes at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and Laney College. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in April 2004 and died on Aug. 4, 2004.

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