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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 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Numbers and facts provide the context, the backdrop, the starting point for what defines us as a region. These Data Points give you visual insights about the issues, trends and population shifts of the Bay Area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These stories were first published by Education Dive, part of a series about First 5 — a tobacco tax initiative in California passed by voters 20 years ago to fund services for young children, from birth to kindergarten age. The series is supported by a University of Southern California 2018 Center for Health Journalism fellowship.
Incubated at Stanford University, Pactio reinvents the way local journalism is created by bringing together readers and journalists to discover and fund the stories they need and want to know about their community.