Steinberg Institute

Steinberg Institute appoints Patrick Hoge as Communications Director

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019

The Steinberg Institute is pleased to welcome award-winning journalist Patrick Hoge, who has written for newspapers and magazines for nearly three decades, as its new communications director.

The occasion is bittersweet, as Patrick is replacing Deborah Anderluh, herself a longtime journalist of renown, who has taken an editing position at Kaiser Health News, the national nonprofit news service that provides in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. The Institute wishes Anderluh well in her new endeavor and thanks her for her spirited efforts to improve care for Californians living with mental illness.

Patrick joins the Institute after a journalism career that included turns at The Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Business Times, and a stint writing for magazines. As a reporter, Patrick wrote vibrantly about a wide variety of subjects involving both the public and private sectors, including crime and public safety in Sacramento County, county government, City Hall, the California State Assembly, and the burgeoning tech sector in the San Francisco region.

Patrick repeatedly wrote over the years about homelessness, particularly involving brain health. As it happens, among the earliest stories he produced on the subject was one in 1999 focusing on legislation that Steinberg Institute Founder Darrell Steinberg successfully authored as a freshman Assemblyman that resulted in the first significant expansion of community mental health programs in California in more than a decade.

Patrick has been honored numerous times for his reporting, including a public service award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for a five-part series exposing abuses within state-licensed group homes for juveniles. Those stories were credited with helping prompt the state Legislature to pass reforms.

Patrick graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in history and humanities with an emphasis in film. He lives in Oakland, CA., with his wife and two children.

The Steinberg Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization that advocates for sound public policy and seeks to inspire leadership on issues of mental health.  It was founded in 2015 by Sacramento Mayor and former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, co-author of Proposition 63, the 2004 voter approved measure that imposed a 1 percent tax on annual personal income of more than $1 million. Known as the Mental Health Services Act, the measure raises $2.4 billion a year for mental health services.

For more information: Patrick Hoge (office) 916-553-4167, (cell) 510-435-2320, patrick@steinberginstitute.org

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