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, 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:

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

Margaret Lucas, Director of Business Development/Sponsorships

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

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 

Ongoing contributors include:

Max Gibson, Pendarvis Harshaw, C.J. Hirschfield, Laura McCamy, Susie Wyshak, Miz Chris,, Kristin Scheel, Niema Jordan, Pilar Reyes, Sophia Elson, and Kheven Lagrone.

Tech wizard: kate m gilbert

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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