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Check here every day for local news that matters or sign up for our weekly newsletter for Bay Area highlights. We count on readers like you to support our work through our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Bay City News Foundation. Thank you.

Providing information to help you navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic, including the daily cases, updates on protective measures and other news. Have a question or feedback about this site? Contact the Local News Matters newsroom here.

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 and sign up for our weekly newsletter here.

Data Points

Data is the starting point for many stories about where we live, how our world is changing and what we might expect in the future. Find the serious and the silly here with comparisons from the Bay Area, which viewed together help to define our region.

Equity Ripples

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

Bay City Books

Bay City Books taps into our rich literary scene, bringing you recent releases, author interviews and recommendations. Turn the digital page with us to find your next read. Visit our Library Information Hub to find the the online resources, programming and events provided by your local public library, organized by where you live.

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 top choices for streaming movies and in-person events.

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.


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.

Special Projects

We often work collaboratively on projects that bring more context, deeper coverage or investigative journalism to our readers. Below is a collection of stories we did with ProPublica Local Reporting Network in 2020-21.