Business Staff

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Justin Harris, General Manager
West Oakland
Justin grew up in Los Angeles, and from a young age, was a Niners fan in the days of the LA Raiders. So, it was no coincidence he moved up to the Bay Area in 2004 to attend the University of San Francisco. Aside from having headphones practically forever implanted in his ears, Justin has played in a range of bands from Metal to Reggae/Funk/Ska, and Djs just about every other genre. During college, Justin fell in love with the Bay Area’s arts, culture, and community, so, after graduating, he decided to stay. Since joining the Express in 2010, he has inhabited various positions on the sales team, but his favorite contribution is his role in producing the Express’ BRIEFS and SCREAM film festivals. Aside from work, Justin likes dogs, tattoos, and high fives. In his free time, he enjoys growing a beard, overindulging in Netflix binges, and spending too much money on tasty foods.

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Nicole Heirich, Senior Account Executive
West Oakland
Nicole grew up on the beach in Half Moon Bay. After graduating with a BA in foreign languages in 2014, she moved to the East Bay and is pretty sure there’s nowhere better to call home. After a few years working in Italian wine and food trade shows, Nicole joined the Express team and has since enjoyed partnering with a variety of local businesses and nonprofit organizations to implement effective marketing strategies. In addition to compelling ad campaigns, Nicole can also recommend the internet’s top baby goat videos and spends her free time doodling, making bad puns, and curating her cat’s Instagram account.

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Ben Grambergu, Account Specialist
Jingletown, Oakland
Ben grew up in a media sales family, and from a young age, he knew he would be in the industry. After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 2007, he immediately joined the newly independent Express. Meeting with local entrepreneurs and decision makers to determine how he can help grow their business is something that genuinely excites Ben. He’s worked with everyone from small coffee shops to the largest international beer brands. When he’s not a work, he tries to be as active as possible. Camping, hiking, dog training, and travel all rank very high on his list. He also enjoys live music and performances of all types, and believes everyone should stay up for sunrise at least a few times a year.  

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Robert Gammon, Publisher
Bob is the editor and publisher of the East Bay Express. He's also senior editor and publisher of Telegraph Media, which includes Oakland and Alameda magazines, The East Bay Monthly, and Bay Woof. Bob began working at the Express in 2004 and is a former longtime editor, reporter, and columnist who decided in 2018 to try to help local journalism survive by also joining the revenue-generating side of the business. Got an idea for funding local journalism? Want to partner with Telegraph Media to help your organization and ours thrive? Email Bob at

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Katy Lee, Assistant to the Publisher
Laurel District, Oakland
Katy was born in San Francisco and raised in the Laurel District of Oakland, but she spent a lot of her life visiting family in Montana and South Korea. Even after all that traveling, she thinks that the East Bay is the best place in the world. Being half-Korean, half-Montanan, Katy thinks a lot about how society and culture shape people’s identities, and how changes in Oakland affect the people of Oakland. She has a BA in Korean language from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her hobbies include nutrition, following local bands, reading, and playing with her cat.

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Karen Klaber, Founder & Publisher of The East Bay Monthly and Senior Sales Rep for Telegraph Media
Karen hails from Brooklyn to Long Island to South Florida, then Berkeley in ‘68 where she met her mentor, got involved with the underground press and started The Monthly in 1970 (first called The Telegraph Monthly, then The Berkeley Monthly, and now The East Bay Monthly). She launched a second publication, The Boston Monthly, 1979 to 1982, when she had to close it and move back to Berkeley to turn her Berkeley Monthly around, which had faltered in her 4-year absence. She sold it in 2012 to join forces with Oakland and Alameda magazines and now represents all the publications in our group, including the Express. She still curates The Monthly’s famous art covers and sells most of its advertising. Karen enjoys dancing Argentine tango, ballet, etc., singing jazz standards and some opera, acting in plays and writing for a writers group, traveling, and enjoying her friends and the eclectic culture of the Bay Area.

Israel Brown, Distribution Director
Israel Brown is a lifetime Californian, having been born in Long Beach and raised in Oakland. He currently resides in Berkeley, where he is working on his third novel.

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