Founder and publisher
Founder and publisher
Unable to do math and realizing the only way he’d ever patrol center field for the Dodgers was as a security guard, Bill Macfadyen settled on the one career he knew had comfort, longevity and stability: newspaper copy editor.
So that didn’t work out as planned.
Now, as the founder and publisher of Noozhawk.com, he’s having the time of his life amid the chaos and cacophony of the World Wide Web. Noozhawk is Santa Barbara’s freshest news and information source — and its only 24/7 professional news site.
Commanding a staff of seven full-time professional journalists, three sales representatives and an army of community contributors, Bill is on a quest to figure out how to make online local news viable and sustainable. So far, so good.
Outside his virtual reality, Bill and his wife are new empty-nesters ... except for their 115-pound Alaskan malamute.
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<p>It all started with toxicology reports from the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office.</p>
<p>Thanks to this year's California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, professional hyperlocal news outlets have added new insights and perspectives to their reporting on health issues.</p>
<p>Because of San Francisco’s pharmaceutical dropoff pilot program, residents can now dispose of their medicines — for free — at 16 pharmacies and five police stations in the city. </p>
<p>Addressing an issue as complex as prescription drug abuse among elderly adults starts with educating the public.</p>
<p>Antioch University Santa Barbara has long been committed to understanding addiction and developing methods to effectively treat it. Three programs prove the point.</p>
<p>With an increase in anxiety and stress, counselor Lacey Johnson said she has seen a rise in the use and mixture of powerful and dangerous substances among some students at UCSB.</p>
<p>How an online-only local news site learned as much about itself as it did about its topic of drug abuse</p>
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<p>One of Dr. Joe Blum’s patients was an Army colonel in the Vietnam War who suffered multiple wounds and endured dozens of surgeries. From then on, Blum decided he would do whatever is reasonable in the best interest of his patients.</p>