Emilie Raguso joins Berkeleyside as senior reporter

Emilie Raguso, Berkeley’s new senior reporter

Keen-eyed readers may have noticed a new byline on Berkeleyside this morning when they read our weekly Shop Talk. Emilie Raguso joined Berkeleyside yesterday as senior reporter.

Raguso ran Albany Patch from April 2010 until last week. Have a look at the 79 comments and counting on her farewell post there to get a sense of the impact she had on Berkeley’s small neighbor to the north.

Raguso has lived primarily in the East Bay since 2004. Her stories have been featured on the New York Times website, Salon and NPR, and in the East Bay Express. She was a crime reporter for The Modesto Bee after getting her master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2006.

“We’ve spent the last two years wondering how we could bring Emilie to Berkeleyside,” said Lance Knobel, a co-founder of Berkeleyside, which marks its third birthday this month. “Fortunately, our growth meant we felt we could take the leap into hiring someone of her experience and quality. It will really expand our ability to cover Berkeley.”

Raguso will cover a wide gamut of stories for Berkeleyside. You can email her at

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  • Susan Mernit

    Great hire, folks! Emilie got into community media at Oakland Local and we love her.

  • goldie williams

    Woot woot. Love Emilie.

  • emraguso

    Aw thanks — I am really excited about it. 

  • Peggy McQuaid

    You are lucky to have such a class act as Emilie

  • BK

    Congrats Em!  Lance, you really poached a very talented and hard working individual from AOL.  Hope she got a bunch of ESOP

  • John Holland


  • serkes

    Joining the lovefest for Emilie!

    Hope to have a camera as cool as hers one day!


  • Marcia Tanner

    Congrats to all!  I look forward to the stories under her byline!

  • Whoisylvia

    Good move at Berkeleyside for chance at getting your first Pulitzer. 

  • Wow. That’s a challenge we’ll take on! Emily, want to give it a go?!

  • Welcome aboard Emilie! that’s fantastic news for Berkeley and Berkeleyside.

  • Eric Bordax

    So we meet again.

  • Eric Bordax

    Why does my profile say “snarky white boy”? I did not write that.

  • emraguso

    I’m ready! Let’s do this thing. 

  • serkes

    Where is the best place to buy that chicken?

  • neocles

    Well, you got Emilie, and you got some of her fans and followers now, too.

  • Monika Mann

    Yeah, Emilie!  I didn’t realize you were coming on board at Berkeleyside and look forward to reading your articles here.

  • Albanian

    Albany’s loss is Berkeley’s gain….