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Our January 2020 Luncheon Speaker will be Duffy Jennings
Duffy Jennings
Journalist, publicist, corporate communications executive,
public relations consultant, magazine publisher and freelance writer

Duffy Jennings has compiled a distinguished and nationally-recognized career in communications over five decades. A prize-winning writer for the San Francisco Chronicle in the tumultuous 1970s, Duffy’s coverage included the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the Zodiac and Zebra serial murders, and the City Hall assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
The newspaper submitted his reporting on the subsequent murder trial of their killer, former Supervisor Dan White, for Pulitzer Prize consideration. Jennings won the prestigious International Association of Fire Fighters national newswriting award for his series as an embedded firefighter in San Francisco’s busiest firehouse, “Riding with Engine Co. 21.”

Jennings subsequently served as vice president of public relations for the San Francisco Giants, where he supervised 1000 media from around the globe during the 1989 World Series at Candlestick Park that was postponed by the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. Duffy has appeared extensively on the national media including all major networks, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. Veteran actor Adam Goldberg portrays Duffy in the 2007 film, “Zodiac.”

Jennings won the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club award in 2009 for his blog on, and his writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, San Jose Magazine, Los Gatos Magazine, Great Crimes of San Francisco and other publications. 

Duffy earned his BA in journalism from San Francisco State University. He lives in Danville, California with his wife, Bonnie Becker, and has two grown children, Adam and Danielle, and two grandsons.