That was almost 30 years ago when we worked together at our first newspaper jobs. Not long after that, he moved on and eventually got a job at the San Francisco Examiner and then the Chronicle, where he worked until we lost him on May 11. He and Cobalt, his late-beloved Pekingese dog pal, are together again.
Jason was a dedicated journalist who was an editor in a variety of capacities, including on the foreign/national desk of the Examiner and the business editor of the Chronicle. His last job was as an online producer at sfchronicle.com.
We stayed friends for three decades and have worked together again the last four years at the Chronicle. I got to know Jason's quirky sense of humor, which came out especially if you were connected to his social media channels. You just never knew what he might say, but it was usually something witty that would make you smile.
We bonded over our shared love of Star Trek, the Giants and craft beer. As you might expect for someone with Starfleet attire, Jason was a huge science fiction and pop culture fan. Star Trek, Star Wars, the Marvel universe, DC Comics, and anything else, he knew it all.
He was also a cinephile. Before the pandemic, he would at the theater three or four times a week, and he was always there for the openings of big movies.
His friends and colleagues at the Chronicle want to honor him, and what better way to do that than raise money in his name toward scholarships in the cinema and journalism departments at San Francisco State, where Jason is an alumnus.
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