Lydia Chávez

Executive Editor

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

SNAP: Flowers in His Heart

Whenever I pass a man with flowers, but especially so on Valentine’s Day, it reminds me of this poem by Xpetra Ernándes “Witchcraft for Attracting...

Waiting for the Barbarians on Valencia

One of the enduring non-profits on Valencia Street is ATA, Artist Television Access, a place started in the early 1980s when galleries excluded video art. Throughout...