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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Margaret Lucas, Director of Business Development/Sponsorships
Margaret is OL’s lead business strategist and corporate/partnership program manager. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : email@example.com
Barbara Grady, OL Education & 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, at Reuters. She’s a recipient of a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a series published in 2008. Contact her 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 Hussain, 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
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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