Hearst Newspaper Editor-at-Large is no longer the title for Phil Bronstein, who announced his exit from the Hearst company, leaving the paper he once edited and where he built up a distinguished and occasionally controversial career.

Bronstein, a frequent presence on Commonwealth Club stages as a moderator, will now focus on the non-profit Center for Investigative Journalism, which is based in nearby Berkeley. "I learned a hell of a lot in the last few years going out for Hearst, and talking to and meeting and getting to know people involved in these [journalism] experiments," Bronstein told SFGate. "It's really vital to continue the nonprofit experiment side."