Michael Ackley, a fixture as a daily columnist for the Sacramento Union for many years, joins WorldNetDaily today as a weekly commentator.
Ackley, now a journalism instructor at California State University at Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area, worked with WorldNetDaily Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah in the early 1990s when the latter served as editor of the Sacramento Union, then the oldest paper west of the Mississippi.
“Having worked with Michael Ackley and witnessed his universal appeal to readers, I know his column for WorldNetDaily will be well-received,” said Farah. “It’s truly an honor to have Mike join us.”
Ackley attended the University of California at Berkeley in the early 1960s. He witnessed the demonstrations of the Free Speech Movement and marched against the war in Vietnam. Following graduation, he and his wife, Nancy, joined VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), landing at a community action program in Laredo, Texas.
After VISTA, they returned to California and started a family. Ackley began his journalism career as a reporter-editor for the South Lake Tahoe Daily Tribune. There followed a series of writing and editing jobs at dailies and weeklies. Most of his career – 17 years – was spent at the Sacramento Union.
At The Union, he served as real estate editor, business editor, features editor, community news editor and assistant city editor. As a reporter for the newspaper, he moved from general assignments to the federal courts beat and the city hall beat. In 1987, Ackley became daily columnist for The Union, turning out five general-interest, short-item columns a week. Later, this was expanded by the addition of a weekly essay. Eventually, he was producing six short-item columns plus the essay each week, making him one of the few seven-day columnists in the country.
He held down the columnist slot until Jan. 14, 1994, when The Union, then the oldest daily newspaper west of the Mississippi, succumbed to competitive pressures and ceased publication.
Following The Union’s demise, Ackley free-lanced for a year, then became editor of a small daily in the California gold country for two years. Under his editorial direction, the newspaper, which had stagnated for more than five years, became the fastest growing daily in the state, and one of the fastest growing newspapers in the country. The Ackleys moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997, where he worked as a copy chief for the Alameda Newspaper Group before assuming his current job as instructor at California State University, Hayward, where he teaches reporting and news writing and serves as faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Pioneer.