Editorial Staff

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Nick Miller, Editor-in-Chief
Nick previously served as co-editor (overseeing features, news and investigations) at the Sacramento News & Review. Miller oversaw SN&R’s legal battle against K.J. and, in 2016, the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists recognized him and staff with its James Madison Freedom of Information Award. In 2016, he also won the California Newspaper Publishers Association's "General Excellence" award for best weekly paper in the state. He's also won multiple CNPA and Association of Alternative Newsmedia honors for both writing and editing. In his spare time, Miller enjoys cycling, A’s baseball, and East Bay beer. Follow him at @NickMiller510.

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Ruth Gebreyesus, Arts Editor
Ruth oversees the Express' arts, music, and culture coverage, affectionately knowns as the "back of the book." In her free time, she freelances and sleeps. Ruth continues to enjoy reading way more than writing.  

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Darwin Bondgraham, Staff Writer
East Oakland
Darwin is an investigative journalist who covers politics, business, real estate, labor, healthcare, housing, and more for the Express. Prior to working as a reporter, Darwin was an academic, earning a PhD in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Gabrielle Canon, Staff Writer
Gabrielle is an investigative journalist and culture reporter who covers a wide variety of beats, both locally and nationally. Before coming to the Express, she wrote for Mother Jones, LA Weekly, and Huffington Post, and was a producer for a syndicated news radio show on the Pacifica Network. She also produced an award-winning short documentary on solitary confinement in California prisons and contributes to Uproxx Reports as a producer and on-air host. In her free time, she enjoys whiskey, long backpacking trips, yelling at her favorite sports teams, and talking to strangers — but not necessarily in that order. Find her on Twitter: @GabrielleCanon.

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Azucena Rasilla, Associate Editor
East Oakland
Azucena reports on music, culture, social issues, and her beloved hometown of Oakland. In her spare time, she loves A’s games, concerts, and the occasional Netflix binge. Follow her on Twitter: @Chroniclesofazu.

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Sam Lefebvre, Contributing Editor
West Oakland
Formerly music editor at the Express, Sam's criticism and journalism has also appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Pitchfork, and The Wire. His reporting has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.

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Brian Krans, News & Investigations Intern
East Oakland
Brian is a first-year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He’s reported on crime, government, health epidemics, and rollerblading (Yes, rollerblading) for more than a decade. Originally from the Midwest where he won state awards for spot news and investigative reporting, he sold nearly everything he owned and moved to the Bay Area in 2009.

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Rosa Furneaux, News & Investigations Intern
Rosa is a graduate student at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, where she studies narrative writing and photography. Her recent reporting has focused on education and youth issues in Oakland, and the city's fire department. A Bay Area transplant from England, previous assignments have taken her to Tanzania, Malawi, and — occasionally — over the bridge to San Francisco. Follow her @rosafurneaux.

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Cassandra Vogel, News & Arts Intern
A Bay Area native, Cassandra is a junior studying English Literature at UC Berkeley. Previously, she worked as the university news editor at The Daily Californian, where she oversaw coverage of the campus and greater UC system. Cassandra likes to spend her free time writing, contributing to zines, and wandering through Berkeley's rose gardens.

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Nate Sheidlower, News & Investigations Intern
Nate is a second-year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He was previously the managing editor of the New Paltz Oracle in upstate New York before driving a crazy spoon-shaped route across the country to attend grad school. He’s recently been covering economic labor trends and cannabis legalization in the Bay Area.

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Ashley Wong, News, Features, & Investigations Intern
Ashley is a rising junior at UC Berkeley majoring in media studies. She previously worked as a news reporter for The Daily Californian, focusing on university issues varying from Title IX sexual harassment cases against high-profile faculty to UC officials accused of abusing public funds. She has also covered nearly every protest that has happened in Berkeley in the past year, which cost her a pair of sneakers and many hours of sleep.

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Laurel Hennen Vigil, News & Investigations Intern
Laurel Hennen Vigil is an aspiring investigative reporter. She just finished her first year at Vassar College, where she’s studying Sociology and Creative Writing and serves as the news editor of the student newspaper, The Miscellany News. An Oakland native, Laurel started out in journalism as the author of the Express’s former “Then and Now” East Bay history column. In her free time, Laurel loves to read, journal, run, and hike. Follow her on Twitter at @lhennenvigil.

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Annika Merrilees, News & Investigations Intern
Half Moon Bay
Annika graduated from Boston University with a BA in English, and will attend the University of Missouri School of Journalism in the fall to pursue a Master’s degree. Last year she wrote for the Half Moon Bay Review and reported on women in surf culture, a social worker turned movie producer turned community organizer, and the establishment of a trail in honor of the Ohlone.

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