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The People Behind the Press: The Skeptic

We’re grateful for support that we’ve received this past year. We want you to know what you’re getting for your donation by introducing you to some of the talented freelance writers, editors, photographers and multimedia journalists who make our newspaper possible. Make a donation today to make sure that our journalists can continue to bring you more serious public-interest reporting in 2014.

The Skeptic: Michele Anderson

Michele Anderson brings her dry wit, prodigious vocabulary and keen editorial eye to her work at the San Francisco Public Press.

As print edition editor, Michele contributes to the Public Press in ways that extend far beyond her title. With a background in law, journalism and nonprofits, she wears many hats in our growing organization.

Michele manages our partner team, which selects content from our nonprofit media partners to publish on and in our quarterly print edition. When selecting partner content to highlight, Michele says, I first ask myself, do any stories address 'hot' issues and do they have local impact? Partner stories about Google buses, affordable housing, the tech renaissance, sex trafficking, cooking in SROs, rising seas near Ocean Beach and zombie bees have all found their way onto the Public Press website and print edition. I choose important stories that affect the lives of people living in the Bay Area.

As a self-professed “news hack,” Michele is perfect for her work at the Public Press: “I love news, facts, info — and I am addicted to keeping up with what is going on in the community.” As our most experienced copy editor, Michele catches tough-to-spot errors in grammar and usage, questions assumptions and encourages reporters to consider alternative perspectives.

In the newsroom, we appreciate Michele for her enthusiasm and her versatility. Whatever needs to be done, she is willing to roll up her sleeves and pitch in. When deadlines loom and stress fills the newsroom, Michele has a way of livening things up with her positive energy and humor.