Oakland Local is an independent media site committed to covering Oakland’s neighborhoods, people, news, arts, culture and innovation. Our mission is to create deeper ties to Oakland’s diverse perspectives by telling stories, shining light on key issues and being a catalyst for community. We are journalists, storytellers, artists, business owners, innovators, organizers, advocates and neighbors. Oakland Local and its team are dedicated to telling stories that should be told – but are usually not.

Founded in 2009, as a response to the lack of diverse and inclusive media covering the murder of Oscar Grant, Oakland Local delivers clear, objective, non-partisan news and research. We investigate Oakland Police Department civil-rights lawsuits, chronicle the thriving local technology and innovation ecosystem via Live Work Oakland, and are a voice for those who are traditionally not heard.

Media collaborators/partners:
Oakland Local’s partners include Yahoo! News, Google News, KQED, the Media Consortium, SF Gate/SF Chronicle, East Bay Citizen, the Oakland Post, the Investigative News Network, and New America Media. Our local community partners include Tech Liminal, United Roots, Impact HUB Oakland and many other groups.

Programs at Oakland Local have been made possible through the support of our funders, who include:

  • J-Lab, American University
  • The Harnisch Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • The Renaissance Center for Innovation in Journalism, SF State/Zero Divide
  • The G.W. Williams Center for Journalism Innovation
  • The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
  • Google
  • The Thomas J Long Foundation
  • The Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • The Kapor Center for Social Impact







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