We’re Back!

Hallelujah! Following five nail-biting days after being hacked, we are delighted to announce that aNewsCafe.com is back, stronger than ever.

Thank you to Dreamhost’s diligent IT team for making the repairs and restoring ANC.

But most importantly, thank you, dear, patient, loyal, wonderful subscribers, advertisers and readers, for hanging in there with us during this unfortunate event. We appreciate you so much.

Make sure you check out ANC tomorrow for a special message from me about some changes on the site that you won’t want to miss.

With love, relief and profound gratitude,

Doni, Joe and everyone at ANC

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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33 Responses

  1. Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

    YAY! Well done to all of you, what a lot of work that must have been! So glad ANC is back :-).

    • We’re glad, too. I confess it was a pretty stressful time. I’m happy that with this new host, our site will be more secure, so I guess that’s the silver lining.

  2. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    Yay, Yay, Yay.

  3. Avatar Margy says:


  4. Avatar erin friedman says:

    Welcome back – you were missed. Hugs all around.

  5. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Thank you to everyone for the hard work. I imagine we, who missed the dear Cafe so much, might need to send some “support money.” I’m old school, and the address to send my check to would be great. Ah, just when you thought the work was over? Ho, ho, and away I go. I can also do Visa if it’s easier. xo

    • You’re very thoughtful, Linda. Thank you. Actually, I just posted an announcement that talks about subscriptions that you might want to check out.
      But to answer your question about ANC’s mailing address, it’s P.O. Box 990644, Redding, CA 96099.
      The site being down reminded me to not take it for granted when everything is running smoothly. This was the second time in almost 12 years to have this kind of a catastrophe, and I have to say, it was extremely challenging.

  6. Avatar Shelley Fowler says:

    I was having withdrawals!

  7. Avatar Shelley Fowler says:

    Oh crap, why is my name in all CAPS?

  8. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    I was at our Redding house this morning, and the site was still down. Now I’m home, clicked on my ANC icon, fully expected to see the same no-help site, but voilá and eureka, my withdrawal is over. Joe, do you have any hair left after this ordeal? Heartfelt thanks for all your efforts.

    • I don’t know why your computer in Redding showed the site was down this morning. Maybe you needed to refresh or clear your cache, because things have been running smoothly since last evening.
      Joe has fewer hairs, and I have a few more gray ones, for sure. But it’s OK, we have a new host, and the site will be stronger.

  9. Avatar Joanne Snyder says:

    I was so alarmed when I saw the “this site has been suspended!!!” that I contacted Doni to see if Homeland Security or the FBI had picked her up. I am so very relieved and so happy to see ANC this evening! The universe is back in balance.

    • Lol, Joanne. You were one of MANY diligent readers to contact us during those five down days, and the variety of responses was kind of interesting; from yours about me being picked up by the FBI, to a guess that a certain mega church had paid hackers to destroy ANC, to questions about whether we’d forgotten to pay our “Google bill” (that was super funny …) to protests from paid subscribers insisting they HAD paid, to the most preposterous one, that claimed we did this on purpose to extort money from readers. Oy! What a ride!

  10. Avatar Eleanor Townsend says:

    Great way to start the morning, ANC is back!!!

    So happy for Doni and Joe, and for all of us.

    Welcome back!

  11. Steve Du Bois Steve Du Bois says:

    Congrats, Doni, and Joe. Without A News Cafe something is missing.

  12. Avatar Vicki Gallagher says:

    Yay! I missed you.

  13. Avatar Richard Christoph says:

    So good to have you back. When I repeatedly received a “Your Account Has Been Suspended” message when clicking on anewscafe.com and received only the same message when attempting to reply and inquire as to the reason for the suspension, I thought OMG, how did I inadvertently violate ANC’s standards?

    Sorry for your 5-day travail, but also relieved to still be a subscriber in good standing.

  14. Tom O'Mara Tom O'Mara says:

    A bright light to see the real page this morning!

  15. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    I thought it was me.

  16. Avatar Ginny Hibbard says:

    Happy to see you back!
    Blessings, always

  17. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    YEA , . . YEA . . . . . YEA!!!!!!
    ANC . . staving off withdrawals, one article at a time!!