Best Media Power Couple - 2002
David Clohessy and Laura Barrett
Next to her husband's high profile, Barrett's measly 23 local mentions in newspapers may seem minuscule, but she's more of a behind-the-scenes puppetmaster than her husband. Barrett has been laboring in the vineyard for years to raise consciousness about housing issues. When a city use tax turned up millions more for affordable housing than expected and it looked as if the funds would be raided for other purposes, Barrett went to work. With the P-D editorial page and other local media kicking in chorus about the opposition to depleting the housing fund, Mayor Francis Slay's office worked out a compromise. And the couple even gets fan mail. When a photo of Clohessy and Barrett was published in the local daily, some irritated observer clipped it out and mailed it to them with this scribbled in the margin: "You've made your point. Now shut up." Don't bet on it.