Testimonials

“Kristin Delaplane…is an excellent writer, a good reporter, and a dedicated worker. Her credentials are beyond doubt.”

Herb Caen, famous columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, San Francisco Chronicle

“…she studies the possibilities and comes up with a creative solution. I have full confidence in Kristin’s abilities and in her commitment to finish any project she starts.”

Willa Baum, Director, Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley

“In an elegantly edited and annotated memoir, Kristin Delaplane presents the still vivid Gold Rush…Ms. Delaplane comes by her writing and editing skills from personal heritage as well as hard work.”

Dr. Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California

“Kristin made the feature (Question Man) a San Francisco Bay Area Institution. I recommend her highly and predict her success in any endeavor that calls for creativity, ingenuity and self-reliance.”

William German, Editor in Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

“Beginning in 1995 Kristin served as the oral history coordinator for the Vacaville Museum. She brought new life to the program…The contribution she will be most remembered for here will be her key role in the three year oral history project documenting the orchard industry in Solano County that culminated in an exhibit, publication, oral history collection and photographic collection. Kristin assisted in the grant-writing process, coordinated the collection of the oral history interviews, and worked with our staff and exhibit committee in producing an outstanding publication that chronicled the orchard industry in the words of those people interviewed.”

Ruth Gardner Begell, Director, Vacaville Museum

“…thorough and accurate in her work. It was her idea to start a history column for our newspaper, and our readers love it. I often hear praise for the column, especially from teachers, students and old-timers in our community. Kris has a real respect for history and knows how to do her homework. She has volunteered to work on other projects that I simply wouldn’t trust to other writers.
“…Kristin is comfortable doing research whether it involves thumbing through faded newspaper copies, listening to oral histories or conducting her own interviews. She is able to meld the information into cohesive pieces.
“…She has remarkable energy and devotion when it comes to writing about and preserving history.”

Diane Barney, Managing Editor, Vacaville Reporter

“Over the years, your provocative feature has become a favorite of San Franciscans and has earned you the admiration of all your readers. Your man or woman on the street approach to a wide range of area events, coupled with timely interviews with major figures in the news, has made ‘The Question Man’ informative as well as enjoyable. The warmth and journalistic expertise you bring to the interview have enabled you to evoke readable responses that are both humorous and revealing.”

President Ronald Reagan, The White House

“Duffy is a gifted communicator and a top-notch on-camera talent. His wealth of knowledge is readily apparent during interview prep, and only shines brighter when the cameras are on. A gifted reporter and storyteller, Duffy is an excellent resource for all things SF crime/politics. Plus, he’s a sincere pleasure to work with.”

Rick Dowlean, Co Executive Producer, Half Yard Productions

“The Dan White trial coverage has been precise, lucid and rich in extra insight…thanks for an arduous reporting job well done.”

William German, Managing Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

“What a fine job you did in writing Willie McCovey’s speech for him. We have had many fine compliments on it and Willie did a superb job in delivering it.”

Howard Talbot, Director, National Baseball Hall of Fame (1986)

“That was the best speech we’ve had since Ted Williams in 1966. I don’t know if he wrote it, but he sure delivered it well.”

— Writer Bob Broeg (who had heard every Hall of Fame speech since 1957), August 4, 1986

“You’re a great reporter. Stay cool and ‘write on.'”

Smokey Robinson

“Duffy is a consummate professional who has helped me develop news and feature stories over the past few years. His knowledge and understanding of journalism and business make him a highly trusted source.”

Jon Swartz, San Francisco Bureau Chief, USA Today