About

Here’s the deal …

Since 2008, Mission Local has been all up in the Mission District reporting on everything from tacos to tech, crime to culture, murals to MUNI, recording the lives and changes in the city’s oldest (and arguably, best) neighborhood.

 

Originally a project of UC Berkeley’s Journalism School, we struck out on our own in 2014. We aspire to be a model of local, self-sustaining, fiercely independent neighborhood news. We hope to reflect the Mission in all its diverse, fun, conflicted, and fascinating brilliance. We plan to keep chronicling its many stories for years to come.

 

We want to hear from you! Send your tips, story ideas, and unique perspectives to tips@missionlocal.com.

We Promise to
Offer original, transparent reporting.
Admit and correct our mistakes.
Cover everyone in the neighborhood.
Experiment on how best to make civic issues meaningful.

Lydia Chávez
Founder, Executive editor
@LydiaChavezZ
lydia.chavez@missionlocal.com
Lydia has been a Mission resident since 1998. Her earlier career was at the NYT on the business, foreign and city desks. Local has long been in her bones – her Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on NYC’s experiment in community boards. Now, she’s searching for a sustainable news model. Oh, she’s also a professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Joe Eskenazi
Managing Editor
@EskSF
joe.eskenazi@missionlocal.com
Joe was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left.
“Your humble narrator” was a writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015, and a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine from 2015 to 2017. You may also have read his work in the Guardian (U.S. and U.K.); San Francisco Public Press; San Francisco Chronicle; San Francisco Examiner; Dallas Morning News; and elsewhere.
He resides in the Excelsior with his wife and three (!) kids, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.
Julian Mark
Reporter
@Jmark345
julian.mark@missionlocal.com
Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. In the past he’s written for the East Bay Express and the San Francisco Business Times. His first-ever article detailed the life of a retired boxer who found peace in meditation outside of a museum in Eureka, California.
Abe Rodriguez
Reporter
@Abe_Rodriguezzz
abraham.rodriguez@missionlocal.com
Abraham was born in the Mission but raised in Oakland. He’s written for the East Bay Express, the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the Bay City Beacon. He’s produced videos for the Business Journal and also created independent video projects. He graduated from San Jose State in 2016 and is in constant search for a good cup of coffee.
Charlotte Silver
Reporting intern
@CharESilver
Charlotte Silver is a reporter at Mission Local and currently pursuing a Master’s at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Vice.com, In These Times Magazine, Al Jazeera English and other publications.
Mallory Newman
Reporting Intern
@manewms
Mallory is from southern California and attended San Francisco State for her undergraduate degree. She’s currently at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to that she has a diverse background in fundraising, sales, hospitality and development. She was also in the Marine Corps Reserves, deployed to Afghanistan, and has written for Task & Purpose.
Mimi Chakarova
Multimedia Advisor
I’m a documentary filmmaker who taught with Lydia at Mission Local when it was a Berkeley Project. Now, I’m called in to advise on projects and delight in doing so. Otherwise, I’m making films. My last was The Price of Sex. Others include Men: A Love Story and In the Red. My current project is Still I Rise.

Sandra Salmans
Editing
I provide editing support for Mission Local from New York, about 2500 miles away from SFO. (I just looked it up.) This allows me to retain my journalistic objectivity and fussy adherence to East Coast standards of punctuation. I contributed Mission Local’s first fiction series, a comic novel, Love in the Middle Ages.

Beth Winegarner
Copy Editor
@beth_winegarner
Beth Winegarner is a Bay Area native who’s lived in San Francisco since 2004, and she’s in the Mission at least once a week. She’s written for local publications like the SF Weekly, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco magazine, as well as the New Yorker, the Guardian, Wired, Mother Jones and others. Her favorite tacos and alambres come from El Farolito.

 

 

 


2301 Mission Street #104, 94110, San Francisco
tel.: 1-415-374-7329

Where we are

Time Line

2018

Summer

We’re in the process of becoming a fiscally sponsored, non-profit project.

2018

Summer

Joe Eskenazi, formerly with SF Weekly and SF Magazine, becomes Managing Editor

2017

Fall

Instead of covering crime, we focus on covering the SFPD and how it works.

2016

November

In the race for District 9 Supervisor, a civic engagement project – 43 Questions – runs for 43 weeks and ends in a public forum.

2015/
2016

The community helps photograph every block in the Mission for Good Morning Mission.

2015

October

Daniel Hirsch, Andrea Valencia, Laura Wenus and Lydia Chavez of Mission Local win the SPJ NORCAL Excellence in Journalism Award for Community Journalism for “their broad, in-depth coverage of San Francisco’s Mission District, with a strong focus on how housing issues affect residents.”.

2015

March

Mission Local moves into a new space at 19th and Mission.

2015

January

The 108-year-old building where Mission local’s offices are located is damaged in a fire that leaves one dead and dozens of tenants and businesses homeless.

Mission Local produces numerous articles covering the fire including two in-depth investigative pieces on the owner.

The staff finds temporary refuge with neighbors Mission Bicycle and the data analysis team Wagon.

2014

October

We redesign and add new features. We also start selling business and reader memberships.

2014

September

CBS local names Mission local as one of the best local blogs in the Bay Area. We’re pleased, but we’re not a blog!

2014

June

We’re officially Mission Local Inc. We publish a print edition of historical pieces.

2014

February

Ed Wasserman, a new dean at Berkeley’s J-school decides that “The curricular value (of Mission Local) to our students is limited or even, at times, non-existent.” He stops funding for the hyperlocals during school breaks or vacations.

We disagree about the value, and spin Mission Local off as its own independent, media enterprise.

2013

March

Rent Increases mean Mission Local moves to 2588 Mission Street.

2011

Fall

Mission Loc@l becomes Mission Local.

2011

September

Streetfight writes about Mission Local as the “Hyperlocal That Gets Its Right”.

2010

Fall

Mission Local is a Finalist for SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence Award.

2010

May

Mission Local wins first place for Region SPJ on How Clean Are San Francisco Restaurants? – by Mission Loc@l Staff, University of California, Berkeley. The series changes the citywide restaurant inspection policy.

2009

Fall

We begin a collaboration with SFGate, posting our stories on their local blogs with link backs to Mission Local.


The concrete sculptures on 20th Street won’t budge from their space so we find new offices on Treat and 17th Streets.

2009

August

KQED notices our on-the-ground reporting of the changes on Mission Street.

2009

June

Mission Local wins Webby Award for the best student news site in the country.

2009

March

Mission Local begins translating all of its content into Spanish.

2009

January

We get our first office in the Mission on 20th Street, sharing 600 square feet with some enormous concrete garden sculptures.

2008

October

Launched as a project of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Great stories, but no one is reading us.

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