Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia

Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia passed away December 20, 2010. He was 74.
Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia passed away December 20, 2010. He was 74.

Sibilia was hired by publisher Dean Lesher of the then “Green Sheet” in 1966 where his photojournalism career began. He helped daily involvement in the growth and development of the Contra Costa Times from a local newspaper to one of national status. He not only oversaw the photography department but he wrote columns, served as a spokesman to academic journalism departments and was always the Times’ “Man on the street.” He was at the Times until 1985 when he moved over to the sister paper, West County Times, and finished his career at the Times in 1992 before it was sold to Knight-Ridder.

He hired Times photographer Dan Rosenstrauch 36 years ago who remembered, “He hired me while I was working at a gas station. He was a great man and a great friend.”

Former Times reporter Russ Yaro said “Bob was bigger than life. When I started at the Times he basically ran the joint. We just followed in his wake. He was one of the people who made me love the newspaper business.” Another reporter Kathy Phillips said, “Bob was a combination of genius and crazy.” Continue reading “Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia”