Oakland Local

Susan Mernit, Executive Director and OL Editor/Publisher

Susan is Oakland Local’s editor and publisher. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich. A former arts activist, she assigns stories, raises money, writes blogs & articles, and works with nonprofits and community organizations. Contact her at: susan@oaklandlocal.com

Abraham Hyatt, Oakland Police Beat Editor

Abraham Hyatt, most recently managing editor and production editor of ReadWriteWeb, and founder/organizer of Digital Journalism Portland has a history of leading successful journalism projects, including Oregon Business Magazine. He has received awards for his reporting from  American Society of Business Publication Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon/SW Washington,  and the  Alliance of Area Business Publications (Oregon).  Contact him at abraham@oaklandlocal.com

Liza Veale,  Reporter and Community Editor

Liza edits and manages our community contributors, an essential aspect of our site and writes stories.

Managing Production Editor team: Meg Bertoni, Laura McCamy, Barbara Grady

Meg, Laura and Barbara help keep Oakland Local publishing.

Mary Fuller, Development consultant

Mary is Oakland Local’s development, fundraising and non-profit strategy lead. Formerly at Lao Family Foundation, she is a very engaged Oakland resident and force for good. Contact her at: mary@oaklandlocal.com

Margaret Lucas, Director of Business Development/Sponsorships

Margaret is OL’s lead business strategist and corporate/partnership program manager. Contact her at: margaret@oaklandlocal.com

Zakiya Harris, Program Manager, youth & education programs.

Multi-talented Zakiya manages OL’s youth-focused training and entrepreneurship programs. Named one to watch by Grist.org, some of her achievements include serving on the founding team of Hub Oakland (opening Winter 2013), receiving the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Future Leaders award, serving as a Fellow for Green For All under the direction of Van Jones and becoming a Bold Food Fellow in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture. Contact her at : zakiya@oaklandlocal.com

Barbara Grady, OL Education reporter and Business/Tech reporter

Barbara Grady writes regularly for Oakland Local and is both our education editor and a tech/business reporter. Earlier, Barbara was on staff at the Oakland Tribune and, earlier still, at Reuters.  Contact Barbara at barbara@OaklandLocal.com 

Ongoing contributors include:

Eric Arnold, Kelly Baker, Bonnie Chan, Jonathan Darr, TC Duong, Howard Dyckoff, Max Gibson, Pendarvis Harshaw, C.J. Hirschfield, Sophia Hussain, Laura McCamy, Susie Wyshak, Miz Chris, Debi Mason, Kristin Scheel, Deborah Gordon, Niema Jordan, Pilar Reyes, Sophia Elson, and Kheven Lagrone.

Tech wizard: maiki interi

Current interns: Amy Ruben (Development), Liza Veale, Liam Curley

Oakland Police Beat Investigative Reporting Fellow: Rin Kelly

Mostly emeritus:

Kwan Booth, co-founder: OL co-founder Kwan is a publishing poet and consultant, passionate about empowering others, especially around the digital divide.

Amy Gahran, co-founder: A mobile news guru, Amy is passionate about training and speaking truth to power.

Irene Florez, Contributing writer & trainer: Irene is a sustainable development enthusiast and an Oakland resident of ten years. She writes on issues related to food and media policy and trains youth to tell stories, use digital media and be heard.

Former interns (partial list): Juan Martinez, Steve Fisher, Vanessa Rancano, Tymeesa Rutledge, Matthew Boitano, Joshua Cain, Sophia Hussain, Hannah Li, Jon Leckie, Sara Kassabian


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