Former restaurant critic of the San Jose Mercury News, Sheila is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She attended UC-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. During Sheila's tenure, the San Jose Mercury News won two Pulitzer Prizes. She just happened to be there. She was the restaurant critic for ten years, and before that, managing editor of the Sunday magazine, news editor, copy-editor, layout editor and editor of the Sunday Opinion section. Her work has appeared in many publications including USA Today and the Washington Post. Sheila lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband.

James Beard Foundation
Associated Press News Executives Council
Association of Food Journalists
Society of News Design
Sunday Magazine Editors Association
Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards
Edna Kinard Journalism Prize

In 2000 Sheila wrote an investigative story that came to be known as "Vealgate." She discovered that a prominent San Jose restaurant had been substituting pork for veal for at least five years. The restaurant paid more than $60,000 in penalties and restitution.

Bay Area Backroads
Ronn Owens (www.ronn.com) 
Dining Around With Gene Burns ( www.diningaround.com/)
"Vealgate" was a question on National Public Radio's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
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The San Jose Mercury News
The Washington Post
Stanford Magazine
The Palo Alto Weekly
Gayot's The Best of San Francisco and Northern California
USA Today
The Robb Report


Lisa and Sheila Himmel; Photo by Joanne Lee. © 2010 Sheila Himmel.