Retired journalism teacher
Classroom Press Conference
Chesterton taught journalism at Beverly Hills High School for 33 years before retiring in June 2002.
His schedule included beginning journalism, the school’s weekly newspaper, the yearbook and video yearbook and broadcast journalism, which prepares a weekly 30-minute community cable newscast.
A former editor of a weekly newspaper before becoming a teacher, Chesterton is director of Newspaper by the Bay, a high school summer journalism workshop at Stanford University. He also is an instructor at a high school summer journalism workshop at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Chesterton was named California High School Journalism Teacher of the Year by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
A graduate of San Jose State University, Chesterton earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California.
He received his “15 minutes of fame” when Christopher Lloyd, a former Highlights editor who was executive producer of the comedy “Frasier,” named the restaurant critic on the show Gil Chesterton.