About Us

What We Do

“The mission of the San Francisco Public Press is to enrich civic life in San Francisco by delivering public-interest journalism to broad and diverse audiences through print and interactive media not supported by advertising.”

The San Francisco Public Press is a local nonprofit, noncommercial news organization that does for print and web journalism what public broadcasting has done for radio and television. Through our website and quarterly newspaper, and partnerships with other public media and civic groups, we report on local issues including environment, education, housing, homelessness, labor and elections, and frequently host public events. Since 2009 we have established a reputation in the community for producing high-impact in-depth reporting projects on a wide range of topics, explaining complex local policy issues in an accessible way, investigating problems and reporting on ideas for tangible solutions.

Our values:

  • We are a noncommercial publication and independent from corporate influence.
  • We question those in power and amplify voices from underserved communities.
  • We believe in bold storytelling, risk-taking and context-rich nonpartisan coverage that is free from political advocacy or institutional spin.
  • We are conveners, bringing together diverse communities to listen, learn and collaborate on ways to address problems and effect change.

See also: Ethics and Business Practices


Who We Are

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Stoll — Executive Director, San Francisco Public Press
Lila LaHood — Publisher, San Francisco Public Press (Public Press Board Treasurer)
Liz Enochs — Managing Editor, San Francisco Public Press (Public Press Board Vice President)
Patricia Bovan Campbell — Director, Legal and Commercial Counsel, Twilio (Public Press Board Secretary)
Kaizar Campwala — Vice President for Business Operations, ABC News
David Cohn — Senior Director, Advance Digital (Public Press Board President)
Neal Gorenflo — Founder, Shareable.net
Lawrence Groo — Venture Capitalist
Lawrence Patrick III — Director, Northwestern Journalism School — San Francisco Campus
Ricardo Sandoval Palos — Public Editor, PBS
Peter Scheer — Director Emeritus, First Amendment Coalition


STAFF

Daphne Magnawa — Director of Membership & Community
Noah Arroyo — Assistant Editor
Mel Baker — KSFP Programming Director & Civic Producer
Laura Wenus — Civic Host and KSFP Station Manager
Brian Howey — Reporter
Ciara Long — Reporter
Yesica Prado — CatchLight Local Photography Fellow
Kurt Aguilar — Copy Chief

CONTRIBUTORS

Editorial
Web Producer: John Angelico
Newspaper Designer: Brooks Mencher
Graphic Artist: Reid Brown
Writers: Rebecca Bowe, Meka Boyle, Corianne Brosnahan, Kristi Coale, Linda Jue, Yuri Nagano, Chris Roberts, Seth Rosenfeld
Photogtaphers: Steve Rhodes, Sharon Wickham, Garrick Wong
Partnerships Editor: Michele Anderson
Copy Editors: Richard Knee, Dean Takehara
Data Consultant: Amanda Hickman
Crossword Constructor: Andrea Carla Michaels

Business & Operations
Audio Studio Consultant: Phil Hartman
Radio Station Consultant: Jeff Shaw
Newspaper Distributors: Carla Laser, Bill Schwalb
Fundraising Consultant: George Koster


Supporters

The San Francisco Public Press is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded by donations from the public, community foundations and institutions focused on journalism and civic engagement.

The San Francisco Foundation is an incubator for community investment, original ideas and passionate leadership in the Bay Area. One of the nation’s largest community foundations in grantmaking and assets, it has been the primary funder of the Public Press since 2009. sff.org


The Reva and David Logan Foundation is a Chicago-based family foundation that provides strategic grants to support social justice, the arts and investigative journalism both in Chicago and around the world. Dedicated to lasting support for the founders’ powerful and eclectic mix of grants. loganfdn.org


The James Irvine Foundation’s mission is to expand opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. irvine.org


Inasmuch Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information now and for the future. (Formerly the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.) inasmuchfoundation.org/eejf-home


The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. calendow.org


Craig Newmark Philanthropies’ goal is to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement, working to advance grassroots organizations that are effective and getting stuff done in areas that include: trustworthy journalism & the information ecosystem, voter protection, women in tech, and veterans & military families. craignewmarkphilanthropies.org


Fund for Nonprofit News at the Miami Foundation administers the News Match, a national campaign to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations. The fund was established with grants from Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, Facebook Journalism Project and Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. miamifoundation.org & newsmatch.org


Local Independent Online News Publishers supports news organizations around the country to report important stories and sharpen their skills. lionpublishers.org


The Fund for Investigative Journalism has helped to finance exposes of harmful and wrongful conduct, such as corruption at all levels of government; corporate, governmental and press nonfeasance, misfeasance and malfeasance; abuses of civil and human rights and of the environment; unsafe medical technologies; and improper donor influence on research in academe. fij.org


CatchLight believes in the power of visual storytelling to foster a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of the world. We serve as a transformational force, urgently bringing resources and organizations together to support leaders in a thriving visual ecosystem. Our goal is to discover, develop and amplify visual storytellers. catchlight.io


Renaissance Journalism creates and launches strategic initiatives that support journalists and their news organizations to produce ambitious, in-depth and compelling stories that reveal and illuminate social injustice and inequity. Each initiative inspires journalists to expand—and to even rethink—their reporting and storytelling practices and how they frame complex issues. renjournalism.org


The Institute for Nonprofit News consists of more than 230 nonprofit media organizations in North America. Our community shares best practices, collaborates on stories, pools resources and receives cutting-edge training in professional, organizational and business development. inn.org



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