The judges selected Natalie Orenstein's three-part series Beyond The Buses which explored the legacy of Berkeley's unprecedented voluntary school integration.
Have some time off for the holidays? Need a break from family time? Immerse yourself in the best longform from the year.
Veteran officers have been leaving the department in record numbers, walking away from friends and generous benefits to start over at other agencies. What has driven the exodus?
50 years ago Berkeley voluntarily integrated its schools. Even back then the district recognized that newly diverse classrooms demanded a diverse teaching force. In Part 3 of our deep dive we look at the situation today.
While the universal ninth grade is new, efforts to “redesign” Berkeley High in the name of equity are not. In a special three-part series, Berkeleyside examines the then and now.
Berkeley Unified made history by voluntarily integrating its schools 50 years ago this fall. In a special three-part series, Berkeleyside explores that history and its legacy in a very different present-day Berkeley.
The closure of the city's last big "smokestack" factory means the end of well-paid union jobs. But it also means neighbors will no longer be bothered by a 'burnt pot handle' smell.
Berkeley Unified is among districts embracing "career technical education," despite uncertain funding and a stigma they want to erase.
Part II of our special report on Berkeley's special-education system examines why there are stark racial disparities in the program, and why some feel left out of it.
In a special two-part series, Berkeleyside takes a deep dive into BUSD's special-ed program, as the district evaluates its own model and prepares for departmental changes.
A year ago Milo Yiannopoulos' speech was shut down by black-clad protesters. We present an oral history of that night, a reflection of the political divide that envelops the U.S.
The shots rang out just after midnight, leaving seven people injured and dozens held hostage in Henry’s Publick House at the Hotel Durant in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood. One of the young men who was shot would die. For the survivors, it was just the beginning of a more than seven-hour standoff between a schizophrenic man who heard voices and would order bizarre sexual assaults of his female hostages before being shot by police 24 times as he lunged, armed with a gun, toward a group of hostages when police moved in to detain him.