David Beers is the Tyee's founding editor. Under his leadership from 2003 to 2014, The Tyee's traffic grew to eclipse a million page views in a month and its team won many prizes including, twice, Canada's Excellence in Journalism Award, and, twice, the North America-wide Edward R. Murrow Award.
He remains committed to the aim that gave rise to The Tyee -- pursuing sustainable models for journalism.
He also co-founded Tyee Solutions Society, a non-profit that seeks philanthropic support for journalism in the public interest, reporting projects made available to be published by other publications as well as The Tyee.
He is an independent consultant to digital publishers on editorial and business structures.
He is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Previous to The Tyee, Beers was Chief Features Editor creating new projects and sections at the Vancouver Sun, and before that was senior editor at Mother Jones magazine and the San Francisco Examiner before the Hearst Corporation merged it with the San Francisco Chronicle. He has written for numerous publications including Harper's, National Geographic and the Globe and Mail, and authored a highly praised memoir of growing up in Silicon Valley, Blue Sky Dream.
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Wide range to reader-funded journalism projects aimed at educating public.
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David Tracey says the time is ripe for an urban farming revolution in BC.
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Breaking news and analysis, up to the minute.
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Tyee readers gave four times (!) our original goal to boost election coverage.
Issues. Analysis. Spin unspun. How we're helping to inform your decision.
Contributions zoom past $5,000 as drive continues four more days.
We're asking you to tell us your biggest issue, and help fund a Tyee reporter to nail it.
UBC team says region could be transformed for $3.1 billion cost of span.
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'FormShift Vancouver' contest invites new ideas for a vibrant, greener, denser city.
While eagerly enabling tar sands and freeways, he's cooled out green foes.
Let's do some group problem solving. Post a comment, or send your article.
Hard times and a popular president could be bad for smart alecks.
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These get our votes. Please add your own.
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Gary Geddes' brilliant ode to ironworkers who risked all to raise a bridge.
Five projects proved most popular, but all of us won.
Vote now so your favourite climate action project gets piece of increased prize money.
Money for single UBC subway line could pay for region laced by light rail.
Mark Mushet's portraits of musicians bend the usual notes.
Teams with 24 Hours to let three Vision candidates spar.
Bold tactic could redefine independent media.
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Five in-depth series coming soon to our pages.
Mair column contained errors.
Clearing up confusion over Province newspaper cartoonists.
Surge of donations will support fresh round of in-depth reporting.
Thanks for a great year! Time for a short break.
Almost there! Help us get over the top.
Added: Victoria bureau chief, investigative editor.
Build on the success you've made: independent reports, reader funded.
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City risks driving away its up and comers.
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Journalists invited to apply for $5000 grants.
Salcito, Barrett finalists for Webster award.
New live Internet radio show launches tomorrow.
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In BC's wasteful forest biz, carbon credits don't grow on trees.
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Tyee's drive for new readers (last chance to help!) is part of a grassroots push for news diversity.
We need more regular readers to stay strong. Please subscribe free to our weekly e-zine.
The push to slick up Vancouver, and the price.
We're launching a fun new way to reach new readers. Please help!
A system designed to promote thoughtful posts.
Push is on to improve reader forums on the Net. First in a series.
Panel recommends 29 percent pay hike.
Harper shrugs off 35-year ban on risky tanker traffic.
You made possible Sandra Shields' hopeful look at the 'New Relationship' in her community.
Mining expose garners top honour for young journos in North America.
BC Libs long criticized for gutting worker safety.
Critics take crowbars to 'Building a Housing Legacy'
Tomorrow at UBC, he shares his harrowing story.
He appears to endorse firm targets on global warming gasses.
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Vancouver's paper of record sends mixed signals.
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Cop forced to watch child abuse live on net.
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PR pro Jim Hoggan picks a fight with the climate change deniers.
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Liberal insiders want UN's top human rights fighter to clean up the party.
Solicitor General rejects concerns by Committee for Competent Death Reviews.
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Mayor, police union head call candidate a bad fit to chair Police Board.
Verbatim, nearly two decades of politicians' wrangling in the Legislature.
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Hoax perpetrated after being blocked from site for remarks.
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The B.C. Liberals intend to close the legislature five weeks early on Thursday, denying serious scrutiny of $13 billion in expenditures of taxpayers' money. Your Honour, you have the power to prevent this abuse of democracy.
How to open up Canada's news media in an era of corporate concentration.
Double check reveals 'Confessions of a Speed Demon' was a largely fictional account.
The party did a lot with a lousy candidate. Some advice, second guesses, and opinions from elsewhere on the net.
Mary Polak effectively stymied sex ed in Surrey schools. Now she has Liberal ambitions.
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Mark Mushet's portraits push beyond pre-packaged images that musicians' handlers want to see.
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