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Pat Izzo

Vice President Production

San Francisco Chronicle

Direct Phone: (415) ***-****       

San Francisco Chronicle

901 Mission Street

San Francisco, California 94103

United States

Company Description

The San Francisco Chronicle is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast, with a daily circulation of 365,234 and a Sunday circulation of 430,115 (ABC Publisher's Statement, September 2007). The six-time Pulitze ... more

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Employment History

Operations Director
Abilene Reporter-News

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The E.W. Scripps Co.

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Another new addition to Reporter-News is Pat Izzo, who serves as the paper's senior director of operations. He will oversee the facility/building maintenance, pressroom, mailroom, prepress and circulation departments.

Izzo comes to Abilene with more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry. He worked in administrative functions for the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and San Francisco Chronicle.
Izzo, whose career dates back to the late 1970s, also served as production operations manager for a team that helped launch USA Today in 1982.
In 1989, Izzo moved to Michigan to manage operations for Detroit News' satellite printing facility in Lansing, Mich. He later became director of prepress operation for Detroit News and Detroit Free Press from 2000-05, where he was instrumental in helping integrate new technology in production and was responsible for color reproduction for both publications.
He relocated to California in 2005 and served as director of production operations/production systems and later vice president for the San Francisco Chronicle.
"What interested me about the job (at the Reporter-News) are the challenges and the job description that was posted and the responsibilities that came with it," he said. "Abilene is a very nice town and people are very friendly."
A native of New Jersey, Izzo and his wife, Maureen, have two adult daughters.
"Pat brings a wealth of experience to this newspaper," Hedge said.

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SF Chron revives old systems with new workflow

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"[Aging equipment] hasn't prevented us from installing new technology," said Pat Izzo, the Chronicle's director of production operations.

Pat Izzo, the San Francisco Chronicle's director of production operations, also oversaw a NewsWay installation during his time at Detroit Newspapers.Photo: San Francisco Chronicle
NewsWay will replace an old version of Intellinet at the Chronicle (Monday-Tuesday, 364,003; Wednesday-Saturday, 419,358; Sunday, 467,216), which Izzo said the newspaper planned to continue running alongside NewsWay through the end of January.
"We're running it side by side to make sure all the bugs are worked out with the system and we're looking at going solo (with NewsWay) Feb. 1," he said.
Increased efficiency
Izzo, who also oversaw a NewsWay deployment while director of prepress operations at Detroit Newspapers, reports more efficiency in production since installing the workflow app.
"NewsWay makes what we have more efficient and productive, and its reporting capabilities keep us better informed," he said.
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Case in point: NewsWay's ability to track pages through all the various workflow steps.Previously, Izzo said the Chronicle had no definitive way of viewing pages on demand and the newspaper was unable to monitor workflow on its Agfa 3850 filmsetters.The older equipment and software make it difficult for the Chronicle to ensure it is printing what it's receiving, Izzo said.To that end, the publisher installed touchscreen monitors beside each NewsWay workstation PC so operators can track plates by touching the screen next to the image on the plate.
"Because of the raised image on the plate, reading barcode is difficult for tracking plates in the press area," Izzo said."This will send information back to the operator allowing us to quickly communicate."
In addition to tracking page flow, the software will record the amount of time it takes to complete certain functions such as editorial release, page transmission, film and plate output, and plate-to-press times, allowing the Chronicle to streamline production.
"Our technicians are ecstatic; we can now do things, such as remote proofing, that previously were not possible," Izzo said.
Early alerts
Monitoring the Chronicle's transmission devices has in some cases alerted the publisher of problems in the workflow even before they arise.For example, alerts are given in instances where film is low or where someone has failed to properly close one of the door panels on a filmsetter.
"NewsWay will send error messages back to the operator at the main plant so they can monitor those things," Izzo said.
"Now it's a very hard manual process," Izzo said."NewsWay will do that automatically for us."
Challenge not impossible
In terms of updating the publisher's workflow, Izzo said many vendors viewed the old presses as an insurmountable hurdle.
"But I looked at it and it wasn't," he said.
Although Izzo said the Chronicle has talked with MacDermid Printing Solutions about the possibility of converting to CTP, he admits that is not something that's in the publisher's immediate plans.
"Making that big of a commitment with our current presses right now wouldn't make sense," he said.

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