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Check here every day for local news that matters or sign up for our weekly newsletter. We publish stories about the communities where you live, work and play, supported by readers like you through Bay City News Foundation.


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The COVID-19 Information Hub is supported by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University. It is a public service project compiled by journalists at Bay City News Foundation.


Inspire Me

Everyone, especially now, needs to have hope. We are publishing a series of stories and profiles that showcase the remarkable volunteers, first responders and everyday heroes who are stepping up to serve our communities. Tell us about the heroes in your life here.


Bay City Books

Bay City Books taps into our rich literary scene, bringing you news of recent releases, author interviews and recommendations. Turn the digital page with us to find your next read. We also invite you to sign up for a weekly newsletter with highlights of Bay Area books, entertainment and news.


Equity Ripples

Bay City News Foundation is partnering on this series with the Bay Area Equity Atlas, a collaborative project with the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.


Bay Area Arts & Entertainment

The Bay Area is a hub of artistic expression, attracting artists, writers and musicians from around the globe to live, work and create. We highlight some of the offerings here and invite you to sign up for a weekly newsletter with the weekend’s Best Bets.


Youth Voices

We value youth perspectives on issues from education to politics to culture. This section provides a space for youth voices from around the Bay Area, including high school and college journalists


Science & Nature

Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, our communities surround the natural San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and thousands of acres of wetlands. It is a key region for environmental research, news and activism.


California Currents

Stories about education, the economy, demographics, politics, health care, the environment and immigration in the state often impact the Bay Area. You can find stories about relevant California news here.


Talkers

Some articles, written by experts, researchers and those with experience in their fields, have important perspectives to share. We highlight some of those commentary pieces here.


Remember When

The history of the Bay Area is full of colorful people, impactful events and stories of innovation and change. We highlight some of those defining features as a way to learn about our evolution as a region.


Amplifying Voices

These stories were produced and published as part of a project supported by Solutions Journalism Network. We reported on ways to engage voters and increase participation in the midterm elections Nov. 6, 2018.