Bay City News Foundation

I'm proud to be a founding board member of the Bay City News Foundation, a non-profit, local journalism initiative that provides public service reporting to fill news gaps left by the decline of legacy media.

You can read our stories on the Local News Matters site or subscribe to a weekly newsletter of highlights. And you can support us by donating here.

We have a broad reach because we're affiliated with Bay City News, which was founded in 1979 with eight offices around the region and which now provides news feeds to about 100 clients, including TV, radio, digital and print newsrooms.

Bay City News was bought in 2018 by Katherine Rowlands, whose new hybrid business model is attracting national attention. You can read more about her vision here.

Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) Board of Directors

Oct. 2011-Oct. 2014. I chaired the JAWS annual conference in 2012, which included Gloria Steinem as the keynote speaker. I also served as deputy vice president and served on the board for three years. JAWS is a non-profit organization that brings together working journalists, educators and researchers from around the country.

First Amendment Project, Board of Directors, 1999-2005. 

A nonprofit organization providing free and low-cost legal services on public interest free speech and free press matters. FAP provides these services to its core constituency of activists, journalists and artists who seek to vindicate important First Amendment rights, but do not have the financial resources to hire private counsel.


Julia Morgan School for Girls, Board of Trustees, 2011-2013. 

An all-girls middle school in Oakland, California named for Julia Morgan, the building's architect and the first woman to be licensed in California as an architect. The school is the first and only all-girl middle school in the East Bay.

California Academy of Sciences, Editorial Board member, California Wild/Pacific Discovery, 1990-2005. 

After my term as editor in chief, I served on the advisory board for the natural history magazine published by the California Academy of Sciences until publication was suspended when the museum closed for major renovations.