About us

Cityside is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization in the Bay Area with two local news sites, Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside.

Oaklandside Team

Building a new model for local news

Since 2004, more than 2,000 local newspapers have closed in the United States and tens of thousands of journalists have lost their jobs. Communities without local news see lower voting rates, more partisanship, and less civic engagement, contributing to a crisis in our democracy. Cityside’s journalism seeks to buttress community connections, and help people feel more engaged with their city and with one another.

We are Cityside

Founded by journalists Frances Dinkelspiel, Lance Knobel, Tasneem Raja and Tracey Taylor, Cityside is the parent organization of Berkeleyside, which has earned a reputation nationally as a model for sustainable local journalism, and The Oaklandside, launched in 2020 and built on a foundation of community listening.

Frances, Lance, and Tracey started Berkeleyside in 2009 because they were concerned about the dearth of local reporting on Berkeley. Their instincts and journalism experience helped develop a respected and influential model for trusted, intensely local news.

When Tasneem joined the founding team in 2019 Cityside gained brilliant insight and experience in nonprofit, community journalism. We launched The Oaklandside in 2020 determined to create a newsroom that amplifies community voices, shares the power of real information, and investigates systems, not just symptoms.

Our work at Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside has taught us that a strong community focus, an unswerving commitment to covering local stories that matter to residents, and an openness to dialogue create a powerful bond with our readers and enable trusted, valuable journalism.

Cityside team

Cityside’s board of directors

Mike Olson

Mike Olson

Co-founder and former CEO, Cloudera

Candice Fortman

Candice Fortman

Executive Director, Outlier Media

Evelyn Nussenbaum

Evelyn Nussenbaum

Fundraiser; former journalist at CNN, The New York Times, New York Post

Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

CEO and co-founder, The 19th; former Editor-in-Chief, Texas Tribune

Martin Reynolds

Martin Reynolds

Co-Executive Director, Maynard Institute; former Editor-in-Chief, Oakland Tribune

Susan Stutzman

Susan Stutzman

Director, Oakland Promise; Director, UC Berkeley Library; former board chair East Bay College Fund

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong

Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; award-winning journalist

Stacey Zolt Hara

Stacey Zolt Hara

Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Affairs, Airwallex

Cityside’s newsrooms

BerkeleysideThe Oaklandside

Ally Markovich

Reporter: Education, Berkeleyside

Iris Kwok

Reporter: Environment, Berkeleyside

Alex Gecan

Senior reporter: public safety, Berkeleyside

Supriya Yelimeli

Reporter: Housing and Homelessness, Berkeleyside

Nico Savidge

Senior Reporter: City Hall, Berkeleyside

Natalie Orenstein

Reporter: Housing and Homelessness, The Oaklandside

Amir Aziz

Visual Journalist, The Oaklandside

Jose Fermoso

Reporter: Road safety, The Oaklandside

Ximena Natera

Photojournalist, Berkeleyside

Darwin BondGraham

News Editor, The Oaklandside

Ashley McBride

Reporter: Education Equity, The Oaklandside

Zac Farber

Managing Editor, Berkeleyside

Eli Wolfe

Reporter: City Hall, The Oaklandside

Tasneem Raja

Chief Strategy Officer, Cityside and Editor-in-Chief of Oaklandside, The Oaklandside

Azucena Rasilla

Reporter: Arts & Community, The Oaklandside

Pamela Turntine

Editor-in-Chief, Berkeleyside

Tovin Lapan

Nosh editor, Nosh

Jacob Simas

Managing Editor, The Oaklandside

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