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Katherine Ann Rowlands
Executive Director, BCNF
Katherine Ann Rowlands is president of Bay City News Service, executive director of Bay City News Foundation and editorial director of LocalNewsMatters.org. She has worked as a journalist for 35 years, covering news in the Bay Area, Central California and overseas. As a 2017 JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, she focused her research on how to overcome gender disparities in newsrooms, especially in leadership positions, and how to bolster local news coverage in the Bay Area. In 2018, she bought Bay City News, a local wire service that has been covering the 9-county San Francisco Bay Area since 1979, and founded a nonprofit to support public service journalism in the region. Before taking on this entrepreneurial venture, she was Editor in Chief of Diablo Magazine, a monthly news and lifestyle publication serving readers in the East Bay. Previously she was an editor for the Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, directing coverage of business and technology in Silicon Valley. She also worked as East Bay Metro Editor, overseeing local and regional news coverage for Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and State and Regional Editor for the newspaper group. Before that she was Business Editor for the San Luis Obispo Tribune and spent four years as a correspondent in Honduras. Kat is also a past president of Journalism and Women Symposium, a national group that provides training, networking and mentoring for women in journalism. She is on the board of the First Amendment Coalition. A Berkeley native, she got her start in journalism as a summer intern for Bay City News Service. Reach her at kat(at)baycitynews.com.
Treasurer, BCNF Board
Rob Merker had a successful career starting and operating two real estate-related businesses in New York City and has a strong background in finance. After retiring in 2012, he obtained a doctorate in philosophy with a specialization in ethics from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. His dissertation was on ethical issues in philanthropy, and he currently teaches and speaks on ethical issues and philanthropy. An accomplished public speaker, he has taught at The University of California Berkeley in the OLLI program; Cal State University East Bay in Hayward; and Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. Rob has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and also served as treasurer for non-profit organizations. He currently sits on the ethics committee of Kaiser Oakland hospital, and the committees for ethical treatment of human subjects at Cal Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley labs.
Secretary, BCNF Board
Sarah Pollock has had a long career editing, managing publications, and teaching. She has been senior editor at Mother Jones, editor-in-chief at Pacific Discovery (the natural history magazine of the California Academy of Sciences), features editor at the Oakland Tribune, and a staff writer at Newsday and the Hartford Courant. She headed the journalism program at Mills College for many years and she is active nationally around issues of diversity and integrity in journalism. She has served on the boards of the Journalism and Women Symposium, the First Amendment Project, Pelican Media and the Julia Morgan School for Girls. She is a public speaker on topics such as truth and trust in journalism; ethics in creative nonfiction; newsroom values and diversity; and teaching strategies in higher education writing classrooms. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she was managing editor of The Daily Californian.
Member, BCNF Board
Ann Grimes currently serves as Director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in economics and business journalism and teaches at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is an award-winning veteran journalist who has held senior editorial positions at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She served as Associate Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a bi-coastal Institute anchored at Stanford’s School of Engineering and Columbia’s Journalism School. While at Brown, she helped oversee the funding and development of dozens of student-led media innovation grants. She also taught a number of interdisciplinary classes at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Hasso Plattner School of Design (Stanford’s d.school), and the Departments of Computer Science and Communication where, earlier, she served as Professor of the Practice and Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism. Grimes has written widely on the subject of media innovation for The Columbia Journalism Review, Medium and other outlets. Earlier, Grimes spent eight years with Dow Jones as a business journalist, editor and digital media manager. She was a 1997-1998 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.
Lindsay N. Green-Barber
Member, BCNF Board
Lindsay N. Green-Barber, PhD, founder of Impact Architects LLC, is a leading media and communications impact professional with experience in quantitative and qualitative research, new ICTs and media innovation, strategic planning and communication, program measurement and evaluation, management, fundraising, and business administration. She is passionate about using rigorous research methods to inform organizations’ strategy and decision-making to catalyze social change. Lindsay earned her doctorate in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center (’12) and a B.S. in Political Science from Clemson University (’05). Lindsay is a listener, a teacher, a learner, and a speaker based in San Francisco. She has spent time living in New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, Ecuador, Italy, and England.
Member, BCNF Board
Alejandra Saragoza is a content creator and editorial manager in the Bay Area with experience in the publishing industry. She is currently the managing editor for Zendesk, spearheading the daily editorial operations for the award-winning SaaS company. Prior to that, she served as managing editor for California.com, spearheading the content strategy and daily editorial operations for the start-up media site that serves as a guide to living and traveling in California. She also worked as an editor for Diablo magazine, Healthline Media, and other tech companies. Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Via, and Touring & Tasting. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara, where she majored in communication and minored in professional writing and editing. She also studied at Universidad Complutense de Madrid for one year and worked at an expat magazine.
Member, BCNF Board
Ryan Nakashima is senior product manager of digital subscriptions at Media News Group. Prior to that, he was a technology and media reporter at The Associated Press, where he worked for 13 years, most recently in the San Francisco Bay Area, covering Google. He has also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Japan Times and Agence-France Presse in Tokyo. After covering the movie and music industry’s transition from DVDs and CDs to streaming, he became more concerned that the newspaper industry was not turning the corner fast enough. He joined the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford in 2016-2017 with a focus on a pricing model for ad-free subscriptions. Ad-free subscriptions are now offered at nearly 50 news sites at MediaNews Group. He graduated with a bachelor in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Charlatan.
BCNF Projects Editor
Marcy Burstiner works as a projects editor for Bay City News Foundation. She is a former assistant managing editor of financial site The Deal and was a senior reporter for thestreet.com, where she covered Silicon Valley. She is the author of “Investigative Reporting: From Premise to Publication” (Holcomb Hathaway) and teaches investigative reporting at Humboldt State University.
Strategic Operations Director
Laura is strategic operations director for Bay City News and Local News Matters, focused on optimizing systems to help our reporters get the news out quickly and cleanly. In her decade-plus managing editorial packages for CNET, she also specialized in content operations for its global editorial staff. She’s consulted for everything from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies, helping to streamline workflows and creating knowledge bases for employees. She holds a degree in English Literature and Journalism from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., where she was editor in chief of the Mills College Weekly. A Louisiana native, she shares her family gumbo recipe with anyone who asks because food is love and meant to be shared. She mostly bows to the AP Stylebook but has an undying love for serial commas and wields them wherever she can.
Aurora Kasten works as Development Manager for Bay City News Foundation. Prior to joining BCN, she worked in development for five years at Common Sense, a national media and technology nonprofit headquartered in San Francisco. At Common Sense, Aurora managed donor prospect research, cultivation, stewardship, event planning, and Salesforce database administration for the organization’s Bay Area fundraising efforts. Aurora holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American & Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. A proud native of San Mateo, Aurora enjoys trying new restaurants and soaking up all the arts and culture of the Bay Area.
Chloe Lee Rowlands
Chloe Lee Rowlands manages the LocalNewsMatters.org website for Bay City News Foundation and coordinates social media for @baynewsmatters. She also leads a team of reporters using data to report on trends throughout the Bay Area related to health, equity, population demographics, and more.
BCN Managing Editor
Dan McMenamin runs the daily news operation at Bay City News Service, directing coverage of the 9-county Bay Area. He has worked for Bay City News Service since 2008 and has been managing editor since 2014 after previously serving as BCN’s San Francisco bureau reporter. A UC Davis graduate, he came to BCN after working for a newspaper and nonprofit in the Davis area. He handles staffing, coverage decisions and management of the newswire.
Kathy Pfrommer works as an executive assistant and calendar editor for the Bay City News Datebook. She curates and edits submissions on newsworthy events around the nine-county area that are of interest to media for coverage. Before coming to BCN, she worked as an editorial assistant for Bay Area News Group and the Oakland Tribune.
Editor, Director of BCN Business Development
A veteran journalist, Dan Rosenheim is the director of business development for Bay City News Service and edits LocalNewsMatters.org stories. He worked as a reporter for newspapers in Chicago and San Francisco before becoming city editor at The San Francisco Chronicle. He later became the paper’s managing editor and then moved to television, where he was news director at KRON-TV and vice president/news at KPIX-5. Newsrooms under his stewardship won Pulitzer, Peabody, Batten and Unity awards.
Ray Saint Germain
Ray Saint Germain has been a Bay Area journalist since his 1991 start at the Antioch Daily Ledger/Pittsburg Post Dispatch.
Bay City News has been covering the Bay Area for 40 years, serving TV, radio, print and digital media. More recently, the launch of Bay City News Foundation — a nonprofit affiliate focused on public service journalism — has broadened the scope of our features and enterprise work, adding data, context and multi-media elements to our core civic coverage. In the last year, we have worked specifically on equity issues, underserved community coverage and demographic changes that affect the region. We aim to hire staff that reflect our communities.
Krista Almanzan is a John S. Knight Senior Journalism Fellow at Stanford experimenting with how audio can expand the reach of local news. Krista’s journalism career spans two decades in television and public radio. Most recently she was the news director at KAZU, the NPR station for California’s Monterey Bay area. She has reported for NPR, KQED and served as a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. Krista started her journalism career in Iowa covering presidential elections, tornadoes and holiday parades for local television stations.
Jeff Ballinger joined the Bay City News team in February as the night editor for Bay City News, writing and editing breaking news. A California native, he was an award-winning reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, where he was at various times an education reporter, assistant city editor and web editor. He also has a decade of experience in communications, serving as university webmaster and as a communications director at Columbia University in New York. He has been a freelancer since 2015 and is currently a contributing writer at Columbia Medicine magazine and a communications consultant for higher education. Since 2017, he and his wife have lived in Paris, where he founded the Paris Cycling B-Group, which includes nearly 2,000 expats and native French road cycling enthusiasts.
Lauren Bonney is currently the coordinating editor for Local News Matters ‘s “Inspire Me” vertical and produces the weekly newsletter. A Bay Area native with a penchant for cheese, Lauren is a jill-of-all-trades journalist having written for fashion brands, nonprofits, venture capital and law firms, lifestyle brands and news outlets. She was previously the food editor at Diablo magazine
Keith Burbank is currently covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Point project for Local News Matters. He previously worked as swing shift editor for the newswire for several years. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.
Chris writes about Contra Costa County for Local News Matters. A longtime editor for the Oakland Tribune, East Bay Times and the San Jose Mercury News, he covers civic affairs and features. He lives in Bay Point.
Casey Cantrell has spent the past decade working as a journalist, writer, and editor for a variety of news publications and regional magazines, including Diablo and Carquinez. His work has covered a range of topics, including community activism in the Bay Area, climate change, infrastructure, and politics. He writes news and feature stories for LocalNewsMatters.org and has done a variety of research projects for Bay City News Foundation.
Astrid Casimire is a Bay City News Foundation reporter covering equity issues, the COVID-19 pandemic and breaking news in San Mateo County. She is also working on data projects for LocalNewsMatters.org. She graduated from Stanford University’s journalism program in 2020 and has written for The Stanford Daily, Peninsula Press, and the Trinidad Express Newspaper. She currently lives in East Palo Alto. Astrid was hired after working as a Rebele Intern with BCN in the summer of 2020.
Alice Crane edits the Data Points section of LocalNewsMatters.org. She worked as an editor at several East Bay papers, including the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and Hayward Review. She also worked as a reporter for United Press International and for Bay City News. She lives in San Francisco.
Caroline Crawford has worked as music historian in UC’s Bancroft Library since 1987, documenting the lives of composers and jazz and blues musicians. She has written for Opera magazine and Opera News and played piano with Bread and Roses for many years.
Iris M. Crawford began her journalistic training with the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education’s Oakland Voices. Currently an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she covers all things social justice with a particular interest in climate justice and arts & culture. She has bylines in The San Francisco Chronicle, Rewire, People’s World and more.
Joe Dworetzky is a second career intern at the Bay City News Foundation. He practiced law in Philadelphia for more than 35 years, representing private and governmental clients in commercial litigation and insolvency proceedings. Joe served as City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia under Mayor Ed Rendell and from 2009 to 2013 was one of five members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission with responsibility for managing the city’s 250 public schools. He moved to San Francisco in 2011 and began writing fiction and pursuing a lifelong interest in editorial cartooning. Joe earned a Master’s in Journalism from Stanford University in 2020.
Sue Gilmore writes about arts, entertainment and books for LocalNewsMatters.org. She has been working in journalism for more decades than she cares to admit, focusing in more recent years on the coverage of books, classical music and dance and the defense of written English. She is also a sharp copy editor and lover of Bay Area culture. She worked for the Contra Costa Times and Bay Area News Group and lives in Orinda.
John Glidden is a Bay City News Foundation reporter writing about police reform efforts in the city of Vallejo and breaking news in the North Bay. He has also written for the Vallejo Times-Herald, and Fairfield Daily Republic with his work about the Vallejo Police Department appearing in Open Vallejo, and The Appeal. A Vallejo native, he graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in history.
Rowena Gonden has worked as a features writer and news reporter for the Bay Area News Group, where she won awards from the California News Publishers Association and covered stories on nearly every beat in eastern Contra Costa County from public safety, health and religion to education, local government and the Delta.
The Bay Area native graduated from UC Santa Barbara before starting her journalism career at the former Peninsula Times Tribune in her hometown of Palo Alto.
Gonden is a lifelong Francophile and besotted with dogs.
Gina Gotsill, a longtime arts writer, covers a variety of topics for Bay City News Foundation. She studied journalism at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, and her writing life has spanned news writing, editing, corporate communications, marketing and playwriting. She co-authored a business book, Surviving the Baby Boomer Exodus, in 2010, and wrote and self-published a Spanish/English children’s story, A Spider on the Step, in 2014.
Tony Hicks worked for Bay Area News Group for 22 years as an award-winning news and feature writer, columnist, and music and film critic. He’s also written for Healthline, Berkeleyside, Diablo magazine, Riff magazine, Bay Area Parent, Parents Press, Oakland magazine, and BAM magazine. He grew up in the East Bay, attended SF State, and was the editor in chief of the Diablo Valley College Inquirer. He’s the father of four daughters and a violent cat.
Angela Hill has been a reporter and columnist in the Bay Area for about 20 years, covering breaking news, local government, professional sports teams and more. While mostly based in Oakland, her current focus is on the arts, entertainment and the wide array of cultural events throughout the region.
Lisa Hix, a longtime Bay Area journalist, manages coverage of culture for the Arts & Entertainment section and local history for the Remember When at LocalNewsMatters.org. She was previously the senior editor at Collectors Weekly, and her reporting has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle and KQED Arts.
Laura Impellizzeri writes news and features for Bay City News Foundation. A former Associated Press business and tech editor, she has been based for most of her journalism career in the Bay Area, where she has led coverage of courts, law, education and issues of race, ethnicity, immigration and LGBT affairs.
Jana Kadah is a San Jose-based reporter covering the South Bay. Before coming to Bay City News Foundation, she reported on the refugee crisis in Greece and Italy in Arabic and worked as the managing editor for San Jose State’s daily newspaper, Spartan Daily. From that year, she won first place in best newspaper at the California College Media Awards and received first place for Enterprise News Story from the California News Publishers Association in 2019. She is passionate about racial justice, inequity and local politics. She began her stint at BCN as a summer intern.
Kathleen Kirkwood works as the supervising weekend editor for Bay City News Service and also writes about environment and science issues. A journalist with three decades of reporting and editing experience in the Bay Area, she covered the community and city hall for the Oakland Tribune as a reporter before becoming city editor at the Trib. She was breaking news editor on the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Ship fire story for the Bay Area News Group.
Charles Lewis III
Charles Lewis III is a journalist, arts critic, and artist. He was born and raised in San Francisco and has frequently written about art, race, and the intersection between the two. His reports and op-eds have appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, and his Local News Matters pieces have been reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle. His art reviews have been quoted by the most renowned organizations in the Bay Area. As a playwright, director, and actor, he’s had the pleasure of working with local titans ACT, Berkeley Rep, and Cal Shakes, as well as renowned independent houses the EXIT Theatre, PianoFight, and The Flight Deck. He can be found online at The Thinking Man’s Idiot.
Janis Mara has worked at the Oakland Tribune, the Marin Independent Journal and Adweek, winning California News Publishers Association and Digital First Media awards for video, investigative work, business coverage and education writing.
A graduate of San Francisco State University, Daniel Montes has written for broadcast news at stations like KPIX in San Francisco and KTXL in Sacramento in the past and has also worked as a freelance reporter. As a Gilroy native, Daniel takes pride in reporting about his home, the Bay Area, and its diverse communities. He currently covers City Hall and the SF Hall of Justice for Bay City News Service.
Randy Myers hails from a small Northern California town and has been ensconced in the Bay Area for nearly three decades. He’s eager to turn 30 this coming year. Yeah, right. He’s been a sports writer, sports editor, editorial writer, features editor, arts and entertainment editor, online news producer and for many years a film reviewer/journalist, including author of Pass the Remote on LocalNewsMatters.org. He adores the vibrant, dynamic energy of the Bay Area arts and entertainment scene. He divides his time between being a writer and being a group exercise instructor/trainer.
Elena Neale-Sacks is an audio and print reporter based in Oakland and Berkeley, currently pursuing a master’s degree at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Elena also works part-time as a research assistant for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and will be a summer intern at Open Vallejo, in partnership with Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program and Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center. She has previously reported, produced, and edited for the podcast Talk Policy To Me and reported on the integrity of the 2020 election for CalMatters’ Votebeat project. When she’s not reporting or editing, Elena loves finding new hiking trails in the Bay Area, drinking strong coffee, and watching Survivor.
Jessica Pasko, a contributor to Bay City News Foundation, has been a journalist and communications professional for 15 years. An East Coast native, she’s worked for publications throughout the Santa Cruz/Monterey area, Chicago and New York State, including a stint with the Associated Press. She lives in Santa Cruz.
Kiley Russell writes primarily for LocalNewsMatters.org on issues related to equity and the environment. A Bay Area native, he has lived most of his life in Oakland. He studied journalism at San Francisco State University, worked for the Associated Press and the former Contra Costa Times, among other outlets. He has covered everything from state legislatures, local governments, federal and state courts, crime, growth and development, political campaigns of various stripes, wildfires and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Lydia Sviatoslavsky is an Oakland-based journalist and digital media consultant. She has previously penned arts & culture content for Audiofemme, Broke-Ass Stuart, and Collectors Weekly. She is a recent graduate of Mills College in Oakland.
Chris Treadway is a native of Oakland and a professional journalist in the Bay Area since 1987, as a reporter, editor and columnist. Chris is a student of Bay Area history and is on the board of the El Cerrito Historical Society. He works as an editor for Bay City News and occasionally contributes pieces for Remember When at LocalNewsMatters.org.
Felix Uribe is a photojournalist who works on equity projects. He was born and raised in Silicon Valley and currently is a resident in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, where he’s committed to highlighting the beauty of his neighborhood that’s often misunderstood and ignored. Passionate about life’s “in-between moments,” Felix has been a Catchlight Local Fellow, working in partnership with Bay City News Foundation to document economic disparities and what it takes to stay in the Bay Area.
Meg Waite Clayton
Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times and international bestselling author of seven novels, most recently the Jewish Book Award finalist “The Last Train to London” (coming soon in 20 languages). She has written more than 100 short pieces for publications including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, and Runners World. She curates the monthly Bay City Books column for Local News Matters. megwaiteclayton.com
Eli Walsh covers the coronavirus pandemic and other general assignment reports for Bay City News Foundation. He has also covered a litany of subjects including local and state politics, crime, business and technology, housing, transportation and medicine around the greater Bay Area. Before joining BCN, he served as the San Diego City Hall reporter for the Los Angeles-based City News Service wire during the 2018 mid-term election. He has also covered professional Bay Area sports for the online media outlet SF Bay Media Associates.
Amelia Williams is a bilingual San Francisco journalist covering culture, local history and cannabis. Her work has appeared in Leafly, SFGate, and SF Chronicle Datebook among others. She contributes features stories to Local News Matters.
Kevin Wing is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who is a supervising editor for Bay City News. A seasoned communications and public relations professional, he has worked as a news reporter, producer, special projects producer, writer, field producer, assignment editor and news anchor. At KNTV NBC Bay Area, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for best breaking news.
Bay City News Foundation aims to support the next generation of journalists with year-round internships and training. We are working with San Francisco State, San Jose State, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and others to train and mentor students so they have a professional path toward journalism jobs. A generous seed donation from the Hogan-Newton Fund at the Miami Foundation is helping to “turbocharge” this program by giving substantive mentoring to these interns and we are also grateful to the Arjay and Frances Miller Trust and the Rebele Internship Program for support. Contact us if you are interested in supporting this program or applying for an internship.
Paige Ellis is entering her junior year at UCSB this fall. She is a communications major with an emphasis in journalism. With a strong interest in culture, arts, and social justice, she is interning for Local News Matters.
Victoria Franco is a Stockton based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Now, she hopes to take on the journalism world with her bilingual skill set to help tell those stories of people without a voice.
Jackson Guilfoil is a Bay City News intern and trivia nut with a passion for reporting. He’s a
senior at UC Santa Barbara, where he writes for the Daily Nexus, covering a variety of beats from labor issues to student resources. Jackson also wrote for OC Weekly, a hell-raising Orange County alt-weekly famous for stories which exposed unethical behaviors from elected officials during its runtime from 1995 to 2019. He currently writes for the Arts and Entertainment section at Local News Matters, but he began reporting in the Bay Area during his time at San Francisco State University, where he wrote for UC Berkeley’s student newspaper the Daily Californian and
the Tenderloin Tribune, his own project. When not writing, Jackson can be found playing music or watching terrible, terrible movies.
Harika Maddala is a San Jose-based photo intern and recent SF State graduate. Born and raised in India, Harika moved to the United States with her family in 2018. She has been clicking pictures since age 14, enjoys shooting action- dance, weddings, concerts, protests, and riots. She has had her photos displayed at various galleries including a TedX exhibition in India in 2016 and Yerba Buena Arts Gallery in 2019. She formerly worked with Golden Gate Xpress as a staff photographer and photo editor and covered issues such as police violence, prison transfers, environmental racism, etc. Harika placed eighth in Hearst Journalism Awards 2021 for her multimedia story “Family of slain 22-year-old allege evidence tampering,” published by Xpress in July 2020.
Megan Munce is a Bay City News intern through the Emma Bowen Foundation and a rising senior at Northwestern University studying journalism and political science. Megan has served on The Daily Northwestern’s editorial board for the past two years, most recently covering student activism and pandemic recovery as the paper’s campus editor, and was awarded a regional Mark of Excellence Award in General News Reporting in 2021 for her coverage of students’ difficulties with mail-in voting. She also covered the 2021 Texas state legislative session as a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune.
Olivia Wynkoop is a student journalist at San Francisco State University, originally from Dixon, California. She’s formerly been managing editor, social media editor and reporter for her university’s student-run paper, Golden Gate Xpress. She also previously interned at the San Francisco Examiner and News Break. She has a flare for local politics and Bay Area-based human interest stories.
Internships are crucial for giving emerging journalists the practical experience they need to learn skills, try out the craft and build the basics of what could become a lifelong career. Bay City News is committed to providing internships to students at different ages and stages of their studies. We have provided a variety of breaking news and enterprise experience and also encouraged interns to take on a bigger project to set their portfolios apart. Past interns since the program began in 2018 include:
Astrid Casimire was a summer 2020 intern for Bay City News covering equity issues, the coronavirus pandemic and breaking news in San Mateo County. She graduated from Stanford University’s journalism program in 2020 and has written for The Stanford Daily, Peninsula Press, and the Trinidad Express Newspaper. She currently lives in East Palo Alto and was hired as a full-time reporter for Bay City News Foundation in 2020.
Kasey Carlson, a journalism graduate from the University of Missouri, worked at BCN in the summer of 2019. She did stories on crime, fires, civic affairs and court hearings about a local journalist whose home was illegally raided by police. She went on to take an assistant editor job at Feast Magazine in St. Louis, MO.
Christine Delianne is a rising junior at Stanford University, where she is The Stanford Daily’s equity reporter for the news section and an editor for The Grind, the personal narrative section. She’s also an avid runner and the most-cutthroat Family Feud host you’ll ever meet.
Uger Dursun, a student at Stanford University, worked for two summers at BCN, in 2019 and 2020. They worked on covering breaking news and curating social media for Bay City News, Bay City News Foundation and LocalNewsMatters.org. Their special project was to help create a COVID-19 Information Hub.
Joe Dworetzky was a second career intern at the Bay City News Foundation in the fall of 2020. He practiced law in Philadelphia for more than 35 years, representing private and governmental clients in commercial litigation and insolvency proceedings. Joe served as City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia under Mayor Ed Rendell and from 2009 to 2013 was one of five members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission with responsibility for managing the city’s 250 public schools. He moved to San Francisco in 2011 and began writing fiction and pursuing a lifelong interest in editorial cartooning. Joe earned a Master’s in Journalism from Stanford University in 2020. He was hired by BCN Foundation in 2021 to cover legal affairs, write about local culture and work on a cartooning project.
Diego Felix is a journalism and criminal justice student at San Francisco State University. Hailing from the East Bay, Diego hopes to become a sports reporter. He has always been fascinated by criminology. His work at BCN includes breaking news reporting and writing.
Tilly Friedlander, a junior at UCLA, worked for a full summer at BCN in 2020. In addition to breaking news and stories about the North Bay, Tilly helped to build the COVID-19 Information Hub and wrote stories about equity issues in the community and inspiring efforts to help each other during the pandemic.
Jana Kadah was a San Jose-based intern covering the South Bay in the summer of 2020. Before coming to Bay City News, she reported on the refugee crisis in Greece and Italy in Arabic and worked as the managing editor for San Jose State’s daily newspaper, Spartan Daily. From that year, she won first place in best newspaper at the California College Media Awards and received first place for Enterprise News Story from the California News Publishers Association in 2019. She is passionate about racial justice, inequity and local politics. She was hired as a full-time reporter for Bay City News Foundation.
Stephanie Lam is a journalism senior at San Jose State University, where she is the assistant news editor for the student run newspaper, Spartan Daily. She is interested in reporting on local issues and learning more about how communities are adjusting to life in the pandemic. She helps with the wire service at Bay City News and writes feature stories for Local News Matters.
Samantha Laurey, a student at San Francisco State University, worked during 2020 to help document Martinez and parts of Contra Costa County with photographs that were published on Bay City News and LocalNewsMatters.org. She also did feature assignments like the SF Chinese New Year’s parade. Samantha continued her college studies, becoming Visuals Editor for the Golden Gate Xpress and a photo intern for the SF Examiner.
Camille Legendre joined the Bay City News team as an intern on the overnight shift, writing and editing breaking news. She also curates stories from Local News Matters and news partners such as EdSource and San Jose Spotlight. She is a true Bay Area native, having lived in Emeryville, Oakland and San Francisco. She recently graduated from New York University Shanghai and has a passion for traveling and international relations, and is thrilled to be editing and reporting for the Bay Area.
Nuria Marquez Martinez
Nuria Marquez Martinez, a graduate of the UCB graduate journalism program, worked at BCN in 2018 and 2019. She did a variety of breaking news shifts and also worked on a package about non-citizens voting in the 2018 San Francisco school board election. She went on to become an editorial fellow at Mother Jones, an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C., and an associate producer at Axios.
Cash Martinez is a student journalist at San Francisco State University. During their fall 2020 internship, they covered education, local politics, and LGBTQ+ issues in the North Bay. In the past, they have written for the Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, and the Bohemian. Martinez currently serves on SF State Journalism Student Advisory Board and is the founding president of the SF State chapter of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.
Claudia Russell was a senior at Head-Royce School in Oakland when she worked as an intern for BCN in 2018. Her special project was to create a comprehensive database of regional public agencies and public information officers to help the entire team with reporting resources.
Kate Selig was a winter intern for BCN, writing a series of profiles about arts organizations and nonprofits published on Local News Matters. She’s a rising sophomore at Stanford who is taking the year off to pursue journalism internships. She serves as The Stanford Daily’s news managing editor and has previously covered sports and politics for The Harvard Press and environmental news for the blog “… & the West.” She’s passionate about covering issues of equity and is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.