Paul Cobb grew up in West Oakland. He graduated from Howard University and spent time in the southern Civil Rights Movement, then returned to the Bay Area and was a founding member of the Donald Warden’s Afro-American Association (Maulana Ron Karenga was the Los Angeles representative), the organization that gave birth to the Black Panthers (Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, et al). Paul established OCCUR, a social activist organization that fought for jobs on state highway projects. Paul went to jail protesting the non-hiring of Blacks. He also went to jail demanding the Oakland Public Schools hire a black superintendent, which it eventually did, Marcus Foster.
Paul worked at the Oakland Post, Oakland Tribune and served on the School Board before purchasing the Oakland Post newspaper. He has since established The Post News Group, which produces and distributes 8 newspapers each week