Lydia Chávez

Managing Editor

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I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor at Berkeley’s J-school since 1990. My earlier career was at The New York Times working for the business, foreign and city desks. As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards. Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest sustainable.

Stories by Lydia

Here’s to Mission Bicycle and Wagon!

A very heartfelt thank you to Mission Bicycle and data analysis brain trust Wagon for generously offering to share their Mission offices with us! We’re happily working away...

Are the Helicopters Necessary?

A reader wrote in to make an interesting point – are the news helicopters overhead really necessary on the day after a disaster? After hovering...

UpStart # 3 Carlos and Me

UpStart is a column covering the business side of Mission Local.  I gave local businesses a break from my relentless sales campaign last week so...