Illustration by Molly Oleson

Sindya Bhanoo

Reporter and Lead Project Editor

Sindya is a Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a reporter for The New York Times, where she was the longtime Observatory columnist and The Washington Post, where she is still a frequent contributor.  

Lydia Chavez


Lydia, a Mission resident since 1998, has worked at the New York Times on the business, foreign and city desks. She was a professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism until the spring of 2019.

Molly Oleson


Molly is a multimedia journalist, editor, photographer and illustrator. She has contributed to dozens of publications, and most recently, served as Editor of the Pacific Sun. To view more of her work, visit

Hélène Goupil

Producer, Editor

A former Mission Local editor, Hélène now works independently as a videographer and editor. Her most recent work is part of “Still I Rise,” a series of short documentaries by A Moment in Time Productions. 

Andrea Valencia


Andrea was Mission Local’s translator from 2008-2014 . She returns to help with projects and helped Mission Local start a text service in Spanish.

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