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The Unwavering Paul McCarthy of MendocinoSportsPlus has Passed Away: A Tribute

Paul McCarthy [Photos used with permission of his son Shane]

I just got word that Paul McCarthy, the journalist behind MendocinoSportsPlus, passed away last night. I did notice a marked lack of memes and scanner reports throughout the day but I know the internet is spotty in the wilds of Elk along the Mendocino Coastline so thought nothing of it. 

I first messaged Paul in the Summer of 2019 as I began writing about cold cases in Mendocino County. He shared my articles. He celebrated them. He coached. He did not hesitate to let me know if my approach needed some work.

I never met Paul in person. He and I messaged each other over Facebook, debated, considered journalistic ethical dilemmas, talked nonsense.

I remember the first time watching one of his live feeds as he drove along the coast and hearing his New Hampshire brogue comment on the traffic and weather.

He told me about making relationships with folks all over the county, staying on their couches after a late night of covering sports events. 

Paul was a dogged scanner hawk translating the static of first responders keeping the county informed on car wrecks to litterers to shootouts. 

Paul exemplified in so many ways the curiosity and yeoman nature of being a newsman. I feel lucky to have collaborated with him and know Mendocino County will sorely miss him. Thank you Paul for your service.

Editor’s Note: This piece is written with purposeful abandonment of journalistic conventions. I just wanted to write about the loss of a buddy.


  1. Sorry for your loss… He sounds like a great guy.

    Let’s aim to recognize and erase systemic racism from our lives.


  2. While I may have never met Paul he provided a view of our community that brought enlightenment to the world we call home, he made Mendocino County connected with miles of travel and news to connect us together unlike many before and hopefully not after. Paul covered the planes in the sky to camera feeds of Mr. Dunlap and Covelo Mustangs Gymnasium build, he made my morning enjoyable and the Evenings informed and I often looked forward to the coverage of what ships sailed past and what ones made strange pathways across what later he told was the transpacific cable. His COVid coverage spanned 3 county counts and even his uneventful trip to a good nose poke that he reassured us all was just as easy as a choice of frisbees at Sportsman’s Cove Gallery. I for one will look at his last meme with great admirement as the world is suffering two pandemics and he showed us through later how to navigate through it.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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