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The San Francisco Public Press is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization that publishes independent public-interest journalism about under-covered topics, with a focus on under-served audiences. Online, in a quarterly newspaper and on community radio station KSFP-FM, we offer local investigative and solutions reporting. Coverage areas include environmental protection, housing affordability, public health, transportation safety, homeless services, digital privacy, immigration and elections.

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.

“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.”

See also: Ethics and Business Practices

Who We Are


Michael Stoll — Executive Director, San Francisco Public Press
Lila LaHood — Publisher, San Francisco Public Press (Board Treasurer)
Liz Enochs — Managing Editor, San Francisco Public Press (Board Vice President)
Patricia Bovan Campbell — Director, Legal and Commercial Counsel, Twilio (Board Secretary)
David Cohn — Senior Director, Advance Digital (Board President)
Neal Gorenflo — Founder, Shareable.net
Lawrence Groo — Impact Investor
Ricardo Sandoval Palos — Public Editor, PBS
Peter Scheer — Director Emeritus, First Amendment Coalition


Kurt Aguilar — Copy Chief
John Angelico — Web Producer
Noah Arroyo — Assistant Editor
Mel Baker — KSFP Programming Director & “Civic” Producer
Nuala Bishari — ProPublica Local Reporting Network Fellow
Yesica Prado — Staff Photographer
Laura Wenus — “Civic” Host and KSFP Operations Manager
Liana Wilcox — “Civic” Associate Producer


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, Brian Howey, Viji Sundaram, Nina Sparling, Frank Bass
Photographers: Sharon Wickham, Neal Wong
Archival Researcher: Stacey Carter
Data and Infographics Producer: Jenny Kwon
Copy Editors: Michele Anderson, Richard Knee, Dean Takehara
Crossword Constructor: Andrea Carla Michaels


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


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 ProPublica Local Reporting Network supports local and regional newsrooms as they work on important investigative projects affecting their communities. Topics include sexual violence, conflicts of interest, housing, and workplace safety. Our partner, the Anchorage Daily News, won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for our collaboration. propublica.org/local-reporting-network

Investigative Editing Corps

Investigative Editing Corps links experienced investigative editors with local news organizations that want to do investigative reporting. This project creates a way for newsrooms to stretch their resources and for editors to work with local reporters and editors to uncover stories important to local communities. investigativeediting.org

The Dow Jones News Fund promotes careers in journalism in the digital age by offering acclaimed professional internship programs  for college students in data journalism, digital media, business reporting and news editing. dowjonesnewsfund.org

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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