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San Francisco Public Press Selected to Host California Local News Fellow

We’re delighted to announce that we are adding a full-time reporter to our staff through the California Local News Fellowship program, a multi-year, state-funded initiative to support and strengthen local news reporting in California, with a focus on underserved communities. 

Zhe Wu, a 2023 graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, will join the San Francisco Public Press in early September. We look forward to introducing her to you!

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Madison Alvarado Discusses SF Reparations Plan on KALW Radio’s ‘Crosscurrents’

KALW News Editor Sunni Khaled interviewed Public Press reporter Madison Alvarado about her reporting on San Francisco’s reparations plan for KALW’s “Crosscurrents.” Listen to their conversation and read Alvarado’s story about the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee’s final recommendations, which it submitted to the Board of Supervisors last month.

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Reporter’s Notebook: The Rebellious Legacy of ‘Lesbian Money’

When we report a story, it can involve numerous interviews, sources speaking on background or deep dives into government or corporate records. But sometimes it’s amazing what a small object can reveal. 

Like the rubber stamp recently discovered by Liana Wilcox, producer of the San Francisco Public Press’ podcast “Civic,” when she was helping her mother clear a storage area.

“I was with my mom going through some of her keepsakes and found a stamp that read ‘Lesbian Money.’ My mom told me that she found it in our old church’s basement,” Wilcox said, adding that she feared the rubber stamp had a sinister connotation.

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Reporter’s Notebook: When Family Court Fails

I’ve been a print reporter for decades, but my venture into audio journalism this past year as a contributor to the San Francisco Public Press’ “Civic” podcast and radio show has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career. Through this work, I get to take a deep dive into issues that have a huge impact on people’s lives and to explore with you how systemic change can happen. 

Most recently, the radio team has been developing a series about the way family courts handle allegations of abuse. And in a nutshell, what I’ve learned is not good.

Now we’re about to release our third episode of a four-part series on abuse allegations and family courts. This episode is about the industry built around defending people accused of child abuse. It ramped up about 40 years ago with one man’s pseudo psychological theory called parental alienation syndrome. 

Public Press Featured in The Giving List Book

We are delighted to be featured in the new Bay Area edition of The Giving List Book, an anthology featuring effective nonprofit organizations across many sectors.  The profile mentions our impact and how NewsMatch — a national campaign to increase support for nonprofit newsrooms — will match year-end donations to the San Francisco Public Press, and triple-match donations from first-time supporters.