Was I invading privacy? Or was I exposing a legitimate news story? By revealing in July 2011 that “a member of a longtime La Mesa pizza family” faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, I revived the age-old debate: What should media report?
The case of Delina Sanfilippo — whose parents founded the landmark Sanfilippo’s Pizza restaurant on La Mesa Boulevard — caught my interest after she allegedly waved a knife in a police officer’s face.
As editor of La Mesa Patch, I was struck by the irony: Sanfilippo worked as a waitress at a restaurant that displayed Police Department plaques of appreciation. The eatery’s owners were widely revered.
Not everyone appreciated my news judgment.