California Business Journal focuses on writing dynamic and compelling magazine articles on small businesses, startups, business owners, entrepreneurs and general business professionals. Approximately 96 percent of companies in California — and the U.S. — are considered small businesses (500 or less employees), $7.5 million in revenue). Of the 96 percent, less than one percent receive media exposure. That’s what spurred the creation of California Business Journal, which believes “Every Business Has a Story⟨™⟩.” CalBizJournal tells the story of these small businesses and startups in an engaging, insightful, authoritative, entertaining and compelling manner. The articles are written in a professional, lively style that is geared to uncover the inside story, the drama, excitement and challenges in businesses, industries and business people. For more information or to submit a story idea or for advertising questions, contact Rick@CalBizJournal.com or call 949-648-3815.
The Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of California Business Journal is Rick Weinberg, formerly of the New York Times, FOX, On Wall Street Magazine and ESPN.
Rick Weinberg has written extensively about business, sports, art and culture, education, human interest and entertainment. He has covered Major League Baseball, Wall Street, NFL, NBA and professional boxing, and has written more than 5,000 stories in his career. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with and written stories on some of the most well-known personalities in business and sports, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriquez, John Elway, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, Steve Young, Shaquille O’Neal, Cal Ripken Jr., Roger Clemens, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr., Charles Barkley, Rick Pitino, Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Darryl Strawberry, Deion Sanders, Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Patrick Ewing, Wayne Gretzky, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kirby Puckett, Bo Jackson, Lawrence Taylor, Julius Irving, Jerry Rice, Tony Gwynn, Mike Schmidt, Rickey Henderson, Wade Boggs, Dan Marino, Roberto Duran, Dwight Gooden, George Brett, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Jerry West, Al Davis, Fernando Valenzuela, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bill Russell, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Orr, Julius Erving, Jimmy Connors, Sammy Sosa, Dennis Rodman, George Steinbrenner, John Wooden and Nolan Ryan.
Outside of sports, Rick has interviewed such prominent personalities as Warren Buffett, Steve Wynn (Owner of the MGM and Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas), former Merrill Lynch CEO Stanley O’Neal, former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, actors Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairmen Arthur Levitt and Harvey Pitt, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Rosario Marin and many politicians including Dianne Feinstein, Richard Riordan and Oscar Goodman.
In addition to working for FOX, New York Times, ESPN and Associated Press, Rick worked as a national columnist, editor and lead feature writer for Inside Sports Magazine, SPORT Magazine and TotalSports.net, where he was one of the co-founders and original columnists. (TotalSports.net was sold in 2006 and renamed TotalSports Entertainment.) Rick’s articles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Boston Globe and an assortment of books, including Glory in the Fall and the Best Sportswriting book series. Additionally, Rick helped launch Los Angeles Lifestyle and Golf Magazine and was the publication’s Editor-in-Chief.
After joining the New York Times, Rick soon launched his TV career with ESPN2 before moving to FOX Sports, where he hosted his own “insider” segment called Press Box Insider.
PRESS BOX INSIDER HIGHLIGHTS
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Rick has also written a book on former NFL and MLB star Bo Jackson and has edited many books, including Tibet: Treasures From The Roof of the World (an acclaimed museum art exhibit) and Classic Wiley: A Lifetime of Punchers, Players, Punks and Prophets, one of ESPN’s best-selling books.
Rick has also written three screenplays: The Comeback, Masquerade and Amazin’, all of which are collecting dust at Mirimax Studios and where screenplays go to die.
At the height of his career, Rick decided to leave sports to become a business writer and editor covering Wall Street and finance. He has authored hundreds of stories on Wall Street firms, business executives, financial trends, news, entrepreneurs and IPOs.
It was at this time that Rick noticed a void in the media’s coverage of businesses — the lack of media exposure given to small- and medium-sized local businesses. So he launched California Business Journal to focus on these types of companies — to tell their compelling and inspiring stories.
To read testimonials about Rick Weinberg and the impact of California Business Journal articles, go to Testimonials, California Business Journal.
Rick Weinberg’s Body of Work
Wall Street, ESPN, New York Times articles and assorted feature stories
Rick Weinberg selected New York Times articles
Sport Magazine Cover Story on Michael Jordan (his first major national media interview after quitting the NBA for baseball)
Inside Sports Magazine Cover Story on Barry Bonds
Rick Weinberg Sport Magazine Columnist (selected “Sport Beat” columns)
Inside Sports Magazine Cover Story Interview with Denver Broncos Hall of Fame Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback John Elway
Sport Magazine Exclusive Interview With Roger Clemens (his first national media interview after defecting from the Boston Red Sox to sign a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays)
Inside Sports Magazine Exclusive Interview With Rick Pitino (his first national magazine interview since taking over as Boston Celtics President, GM and Head Coach)
Sport Magazine Exclusive Cover Story Interview with NFL and MLB Star Deion Sanders (he announced he was quitting the NFL to concentrate on baseball full-time)
Sport Magazine Cover Story on Patrick Ewing’s and Hakeem Olajuwon’s “Quest For The Ring.” (One month later, the two centers met in the NBA Finals. Olajuwon prevailed for his first of two consecutive NBA titles. Ewing never went on to capture a NBA title in his career.)
Inside Sports Exclusive Interview with Baseball’s Baddest Bad Boy Albert Belle
Rick has also worked extensively in public relations, marketing, media relations, corporate communications, corporate and strategic partnerships, community relations and business development. He was the Founder and Director of RWPR, which focused on eco-friendly companies, cultural and education organizations and businesses.
As a PR strategist, Rick utilized his extensive journalism experience and global contacts to generate $100 million in media exposure for such clients as Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum, BioLargo Inc., Penn Museum, ArmorLite Technologies, Bowers Museum, Carden Academy, Fairmont Private Schools, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, The Rubin Museum of Art, The Leeds Group, Going Green OC, Progressive Lighting and Energy Solutions, REDC Group, Virtuoso Russian Music Academy and an array of art galleries in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, California.
Rick grew up in Rhode Island, attended Hamilton Country Day High School and went to college in Boston at Northeastern University, majoring in business and partying! He then got serious and graduated from Suffolk University in Boston — Cum Laude — with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Communications. He has two grown children — Aric and Michelle — and a Superstar grandson — and lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., with his wife, Ofra — and the non-stop drop-ins from their children!
CALIFORNIA BUSINESS JOURNAL STAFF
- Susan Belknapp, CBJ Senior Writer. Susan is the former editor of OC Register Metro, an Orange County business-lifestyles magazine and website, and OC Register Family. She has published hundreds of articles on topics that range from semiconductors to surf culture. She holds a degree in screenwriting from USC. To read Susan’s CBJ articles, click here.
- Christian Keszthelyi, Senior Writer. Christian a “corporate storyteller” with more than 10 years experience producing editorial and advertorial content for print and digital publications and platforms. To read Christian’s articles, click here.
- Victoria Kertz, CBJ Staff Writer. Victoria has written for Laguna Beach Magazine, Newport Beach Independent, Saute Magazine, The Fullest, Local Dish Magazine and Blue Sky The Color of Imagination. She holds a business degree from Appalachian State University. Read Victoria’s CBJ articles here.
- Becky Holladay, Senior Writer. Becky is a former New York Times reporter who is living between Athens, Greece, Himara, Albania, and Oklahoma. She received a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Marcos, and is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s Photojournalism Program. Read Becky’s articles here.
- Brooke Becher, CBJ Senior Writer. Brooke has written for the Orange County Register, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly. She received her Bachelor’s in Journalism at California State University at Long Beach and earned her Master’s at the University of Lincoln in International Human Rights and War Reporting. Read Brooke’s CBJ articles here.
- Brenda Rees, CBJ Senior Writer. Brenda has written for The Los Angeles Times, Westways Magazine and Pasadena Magazine. She attended University of St. Thomas, earning a Bachelor’s in Journalism. She has also studied Drama. Brenda researches, writes and photographs stories involving wildlife issues for her self-created site Southern California Wildlife (www.socalwild.com). Read Brenda’s CBJ articles here.
- Chloe Caldwell, Staff Writer, CBJ. Chloe is a LA-based freelance writer and copywriter who writes digital content pieces about business, human interview, travel and lifestyle. Besides CBJ, Chloe has been published in Thrillist, Group Nine Media, FabFitFun, TripSavvy, Verte Luxe, The Small Business Journal and Uproxx Life. See Chloe’s CBJ articles here.
- Judd Spicer, CBJ Senior Writer. Judd has written for Los Angeles Magazine, ESPN, Golf Channel, Super Lawyers, Minnesota Golf & Living, SLAM.com, Palm Springs Life, Desert Golf Magazine, The Desert Sun, NCAA.com, and Pebble Beach Magazine. The Wall Street Journal online has twice linked to his work, with one piece appearing in the “Numbers Guy” column and two articles referenced in “The Daily Fix.” To read Judd’s CBJ articles, click here.
- Dana Kilroy Sullivan, CBJ Staff Writer. Dana has written for Fast Company, Inc., New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal.com, The Oprah Magazine, ESPN, Outside, as well as Parenting, Self, Redbook, Health, Parents, Fitness and Shape magazines. She teaches Journalism at the University of Nevada, earned her B.A. in English Literature at UCLA, her Masters in Digital Journalism at the University of Nevada and is working on her second Masters in English at Butler University. See Dana’s CBJ articles here.
- Brenda Gazzar, CBJ Staff Writer. Brenda has written for the Los Angeles Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, Pasadena Star-News and is Founder and Chief Speech Writer at Keynote Creations. She earned her Masters in Communications and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas. She also attended The Hebrew University, specializing in Middle Eastern Studies. See Brenda’s CBJ articles here.
- Chris Cassacchi, CBJ Senior Writer. Chris was Technology Editor for the Orange County Business Journal before joining CBJ. The Arizona State grad also covers U.S. small businesses, trends and policies. See Chris’ CBJ articles here.
- Magda Hernandez, CBJ Staff Writer. Magda is a multi-lingual journalist with years of experience in print and digital media and TV production, and possesses an expertise in storytelling and cross-promoting brands domestically and internationally. She spent 10 years at NBCUniversial as a Producer and Reporter and was also an Editor and Reporter at the Orange County Register. See Magda’s articles here.
- Sharael Kolberg, CBJ Staff Writer. Sharael (pronounced “Cheryl” and is a combination of her parents’ names Sharon and Michael) has written for Sunset Magazine, Wired, Outside Magazine, MSN.com, Working Woman magazine, Women’s Health, Marin Independent Journal, San Mateo Daily Journal and Palo Alto Weekly. Sharael currently runs Kolberg Creative Services with her work being featured in various publications throughout the U.S. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii. Sharael’s articles.
- Ruksana Hussain, CBJ Staff Writer. Ruksana is Founder and Publisher of Traveler and Tourist Magazine and an award-winning journalist. She was Editor at Del Mar Lifestyle and La Jolla Lifestyle and launched Carlsbad Lifestyle Magazine. Her CBJ work can be found here.
- Copy Editors: Annette DuBois, Lizbeth Mora, Debra Amato, Roberta Silverglate, Anna Rodriguez, Karen Janowitz, Bia Pendleton, Dale Weinbaum, Jackie Crowley, Ann Mazzotta, Claire Cattone, Bobbi Marin, and Joanie Moretti.