Gaye LeBaron is a writer, historian, and storyteller who has spent over 50 years working for the Press Democrat newspaper. LeBaron moved to Sonoma County at age 14 and has since become one of the North Bay’s leading historians and best known newspaper columnists.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, LeBaron was hired as a reporter for the Press Democrat in September of 1957. She later became their prolific and beloved columnist, writing over 8,000 columns. Each column chronicles the history and local issues of the region and demonstrates her extraordinary skills.
LeBaron also co-authored and published a two-volume history of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. The first book, “Santa Rosa, a 19th Century Town,” was published in 1985 and the second book “Santa Rosa, a 20th Century Town,” was published in 1993.
In 2001, LeBaron donated her vast collection of research files to the Sonoma State University Library. Materials include research notes, correspondence, monographs, local documents, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, journal issues, ephemera and reprints of her Sunday columns. Gaye LeBaron continues to write for the Press Democrat as a senior columnist.