SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercury Center www.mercurycenter.com, the pioneering online edition of the San Jose Mercury News, will report around the clock news coverage on Y2K developments as they happen across the globe. The Web site will feature breaking stories from correspondents on "Millennium Journal," a weblog that chronicles news and information on Y2K's impact. Live coverage begins at 6 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST) on December 31, 1999 and will run until the wee hours of the morning on January 1, 2000. Senior Online Editor John Murrell and Good Morning Silicon Valley Editor John Paczkowski will host live coverage with a running narrative consisting of commentary, news/notebook items, links to Y2K sites, input from readers, discussion forums and photo slide shows. Based on strategic continents, Mercury News staff reporters will provide news updates, beginning in New Zealand and continuing through Asia, Europe, and North America. Chris O'Brien will provide millennium coverage from New Zealand, as midnight arrives there first. Mark McDonald will file from India, Michelle Quinn will file from England, Cecilia Kang will file from Japan, Michael Dorgan will file from China, Ricardo Sandoval will file from Mexico and Lori Montgomery will file from Russia. Turning to national coverage, Jim Puzzanghera will monitor East Coast developments from Washington D.C. and Michael Bazeley will report from Las Vegas, Nevada. Daniel Vasquez will report from Seattle, Washington, John Woolfolk from Big Sur and Elliott Almond and Cheryl Devall will be reporting from southern California. A full force of reporters will be on hand to cover Bay Area events as they unveil. Jon Healey will be based at the Symantec headquarters in Santa Monica, which will be watching for computer viruses triggered by the new year. Technology columnist Dan Gillmor will post breaking technology news and commentary several times daily on his recently launched online column called eJournal (weblog.mercurycenter.com/ejournal). An interactive forum is featured for users to provide feedback on posted stories. The San Jose Mercury News, known internationally as the newspaper of Silicon Valley, has received wide recognition for its award-winning journalism, particularly for its high- technology news and analysis. The Mercury News has won two Pulitzer Prizes and maintains 13 bureau offices, including the first permanent post-war American bureau in Vietnam. It offers a range of products beyond the flagship newspaper, including the Mercury News' online edition, Mercury Center (www.mercurycenter.com), SiliconValley.com, and BayArea.com. The Mercury News also publishes the Spanish-language newspaper Nuevo Mundo (www.nuevomundo.com) and the Vietnamese-language newspaper Viet Mercury (www.vietmercury.com) Founded in 1851, the Mercury News is a Knight Ridder company.
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