Berkeleyside is Berkeley, California’s independently owned local news site.
Launched in 2009, Berkeleyside was founded by three veteran journalists: Lance Knobel, Tracey Taylor and Frances Dinkelspiel.
Berkeleyside is a local newspaper without the paper. It reports the news and covers the extraordinary diversity of people, issues, events, food and environment in this city whose impact reaches far beyond the Bay Area.
A pioneer in the field of online local journalism, Berkeleyside benefits from its large community of engaged readers. Berkeleyside averages 160,000 unique visitors a month, and 565,000 pageviews.
Berkeleyside was the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Excellence in Journalism Award for Community Journalism in both 2013 and 2014.
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Who we are
Lance Knobel (co-founder) is an international consultant and professional writer. In 1999-2000 he was director of the Programme of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He was also editor-in-chief and managing director of World Link, the magazine of the World Economic Forum. He was an adviser in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit in London. His journalism credentials include being editor-in-chief of Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain, and founder and editor of Designers’ Journal in Britain. He has published four books on architecture and design. His blog, Davos Newbies, has been running since 1999. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frances Dinkelspiel (co-founder) is a professional journalist and author. Her book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November 2008, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Frances is a former staff reporter for the Syracuse Newspapers and the San Jose Mercury News. Her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press and San Francisco Magazine. Email: email@example.com
Tracey Taylor (co-founder) is a professional freelance writer and editor.
Her writing has been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her articles include business stories, features on food, homes and architecture, as well as profiles and interviews. Tracey has worked as an editor for various business-to-business magazines and at the Financial Times, as well as for private clients, including non-profits and authors. She has edited two books — and worked as a professional blogger. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emilie Raguso (senior reporter) joined the Berkeleyside team in October 2012. Prior to that, she launched and ran community news site Albany Patch in Albany, Calif. Her stories have been featured on the New York Times website, Salon and NPR, and in the East Bay Express. Emilie was a crime reporter for The Modesto Bee after getting her master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2006. She has lived primarily in the East Bay since 2004. Read more. Tel: 510-459-8325. Email: email@example.com
Wendy Cohen (advertising director) has been Berkeleyside’s advertising director since October 2010. She has an extensive background in magazine publishing and media sales. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Seal is Berkeleyside’s film critic. A movie connoisseur with a penchant for natty hats who lives in Oakland, John writes a weekly film recommendation column at Box Office Prophets, as well as a column in The Phantom of the Movie’s Videoscope, an old-fashioned paper magazine, published quarterly. He also writes regular film reviews for IMDB, which can be read here.
Andrew Gilbert writes a weekly music column for Berkeleyside. Andy, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, covers a wide range of musical cultures, from Brazil and Mali to India and Ireland. A Berkeley-based freelancer, he contributes features on jazz and international music to numerous publications, including the San Jose Mercury News, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and Los Angeles Times. His column covering the Bay Area dance scene, Dance Card, runs monthly in the Contra Costa Times. And his CD reviews air regularly on KQED’s “California Report.” Email: email@example.com
Nancy Rubin is a Berkeleyside contributing photographer. Nancy is a long-time Berkeley area resident who moved here from her native Los Angeles to attend UC Berkeley, a family tradition begun in 1929. She taught for 25 years at Berkeley High School, then worked at Drake High in Marin County. Nancy authored the book Ask Me If I Care: Voices from an American High School. Since retiring in 2002, Nancy has travelled extensively, honing her photography skills. She specializes in candid shots, capturing people being themselves and the emotions of the moment.
Emily S. Mendel reviews Berkeley’s vibrant theater scene for Berkeleyside. As a native New Yorker (although now a 37-year East Bay resident), Emily grew up loving and studying theater, from Off Off to On Broadway, as her multi-volume Playbill collection attests. Ending her 30-year law practice has given Emily the time to indulge in her love of the arts and travel. In addition to Berkeleyside, she is also a regular contributor to culturevuture.net in the areas of art, film, television and travel.
Lou Fancher writes a monthly dance feature for Berkeleyside. When the Bay Area freelance writer isn’t covering technology, science, dance, film, theater, music, visual arts, feature profiles and education, Lou is a coach and teacher for professional ballet and modern dancers in the US and Canada. She writes locally for WIRED.com, the Bay Area News Group, Diablo Magazine, Walnut Creek Magazine, the East Bay Express, Lamorinda Weekly and other East Bay publications. She is the author of two original children’s books and has designed and illustrated over 50 picture books. You may visit her website online at Johnson & Fancher Inc.
Natalie Orenstein is a freelance reporter and a loyal Berkeley native. She covers general assignment and news stories for Berkeleyside. Her writing has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Newsdesk. Natalie graduated from Pomona College in 2013. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Friedman, B.S. Journalism, 1961, University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana was kicked out of photo-journalism in 1959. “Turn in your Speed Graphex,” the award-winning photographer/professor demanded. He developed his shot-from-the-Southside photos at the Berkeley Daily Planet. He uses his M.A. in Creative Writing from SF State, 1967, to practice “creative journalism” at Berkeley Reporter.
Mary Flaherty is a freelance reporter who has lived in the Berkeley area for 20 years. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and has reported for several local papers and copyedited for the San Francisco Chronicle.