Will Hearst

William R. Hearst III is chairman of the board of Hearst, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Hearst is a grandson of company founder William Randolph Hearst. He founded and launched Journal of Alta California in October 2017; he is publisher and editor in chief.

Alta's editor and publisher, Will Hearst.

Extraordinary Voyages

Alta publisher Will Hearst considers science fiction as an ancient discipline and a genre of storytelling.

Alta Asks Live: Peter Orner

Author Peter Orner joins Alta Asks Live and host Heather Scott Partington on Wednesday, May 20 at 12:30 p.m. PST to discuss his short story collection, Maggie Brown & Others, and much, much more.

Alta Asks Live: Vanessa Hua

The "Deceit and Other Possibilities" author joins Heather Scott Partington to talk about this powerful new book, her creative process, and the guilty pleasure that's getting her through the shelter-in-place. 

Alta's editor and publisher, Will Hearst.

The Science of Publishing

Alta publisher Will Hearst proposes a new way of thinking about the content we deliver our readers—right down to the advertisements that appear in our magazine.

Alta editor and publisher Will Hearst (left) and writer Armistead Maupin enjoy pints of ale at Comptons of Soho, a London pub.

London’s Newest Queen

A recent London transplant, Tales of the City writer Armistead Maupin tells Will Hearst why he left San Francisco, what his next big book might be, and how much he likes his new surroundings (spoiler: a lot).

Author David Talbot

Talking with David Talbot

The author of Between Heaven and Hell discusses his stroke, his recovery, and what it means to restart his life.

Russell Chatham, 1939—2019

The Inspiration for Alta

Publisher Will Hearst credits the late painter Russell Chatham with helping shape the Western sensibility that inspires Alta. 

Russell Chatham at his studio in Marin County, California. ”I paint everything from memory,” he says.

‘You’re an Artist. That’s What You Do.’

In what would be his final interview, the famed Marin County–based landscape painter Russell Chatham tells Alta publisher Will Hearst where he finds inspiration, what it’s like to work on commission, and why Gauguin brought him to tears.

Alta's editor and publisher Will Hearst.

Art, Science, and the Wild

In his Fall 2019 Publisher's Note, Will Hearst ruminates on the importance of staying unmoored.

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Wood founded five companies before launching Roku in 2002. (Roku means “six” in Japanese.)

Anthony Wood and the Future of Streaming

Do you watch Netflix or Hulu on a smart TV? The CEO of Roku reveals how his company helps those services (and soon Disney and Apple, too) stream movies, sports, and TV programs.

Alta's editor and publisher Will Hearst.

Publisher's Note: The Far West Is Our North Star

Publisher Will Hearst looks westward to answer the oft-asked question, “What is Alta about?”

Alta's editor and publisher Will Hearst

The Spirit of This Era

Alta publisher Will Hearst reflects on his goal to have the magazine evoke a sense of place and discovery—today and decades from now. 

Lucy Fisher in her office at Red Wagon Entertainment in Los Angeles. The award-winning producer’s films include “The Great Gatsby,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Jarhead.”

Writing Her Own Script

Lucy Fisher started out as a waitress, but ended up running the studio. Will Hearst sits down for a Q&A with the groundbreaking Hollywood executive.

Musician, music producer and investor Jerry Harrison at his home in Marin County.

Not Just Another Talking Head

In a conversation with Alta Publisher and Editor Will Hearst – his former Harvard roommate – Talking Heads mainstay Jerry Harrison expounds on music, business and life.

Alice Waters in her backyard garden in Berkeley.

Recipe For Change

The woman who changed the way we eat looks back at nearly 50 years of running her famed restaurant, Chez Panisse — and looks forward to innovative ways to feed the next generation.


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