Tyler Orsburn

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Education:

University of California, Berkeley
August 2010 - May 2012
Multimedia reporting
Western Kentucky University
August 2006 - December 2007
Photojournalism studies
U.S. Navy
April 2001 - April 2006
Photography A-School/Photojournalism C-School
University of Kentucky
August 1989 - May 1995
Biology with a Spanish minor

Published Stories:

Richmond basketball star goes global, aims for Big East success
Richmond Confidential
Jamaree Strickland sees the world differently. Some may even say the Richmond native has his head in the clouds. If anyone would know it’d be his mom, Stacey Strickland, who recalls that even back in preschool, when her son stood behind his friends they just reached up to the top of his stomach.
Kennedy High School powerlifting enthusiast claims world records
Richmond Confidential
A 17-year-old powerlifter overtook his 71-year-old mentor Saturday. And he did it with ease. It may have taken the Kennedy High School special education junior three years of teeth-grinding training to accomplish the feat, but it was well worth the wait. “Today I got depressed,” special education teacher Salvatore Morabito said with a big laugh recounting how student Ryan Palmieri pushed and pulled more weight than his own bones could handle, 25 pounds more, in fact. “My glory days are over. [Ryan] has no idea how much he lifts. But he knows he beat me and that’s all that matters,” he said.
Cinco de Mayo draws large crowd, celebrates Richmond’s unique Mexican culture
Richmond Confidential
Grey skies didn’t put a damper on this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Trumpets blared, people danced, elote locos were wolfed downed by everyone and Dora the Explorer even made an appearance. For more of the happenings, check out the video.
Eagles lose season finale, look towards future
Richmond Confidential
After the Kennedy Eagles’ last batter struck out looking to end the game against divisional rival St. Joseph Notre Dame on Friday, Eagles’ senior third baseman Luis Martinez sat in the dugout by himself. His gaze was long and lonely as nine other teammates picked up equipment around him. For Martinez and three other seniors it would be the last time they donned the “K” uniform.
Hercules takes care of business, defeats Kennedy 11-1
Richmond Confidential
The Hercules Titans’ baseball team pounded out 11 hits in five innings Wednesday evening to defeat Kennedy, 11-1. The win moved the Titans into a first-place tie with St. Joseph Notre Dame in the Tri-County Rock Division.
Appetite a must for Point Richmond’s Brazilian restaurant
Richmond Confidential
Pikanha’s Brazilian Steak House in Point Richmond knows meat. In fact, they know beef, pork, lamb and chicken so well that their waiters just keep bringing the grilled morsels out one after the other. Thais Silva, the restaurant’s owner, calls the meat her “show.” But it wasn’t until her mother’s death that the Brazilian native, and her brother, decided to pursue a family dream—to open a family restaurant.
Bay Backdrops: Scenes from the San Francisco region
Brink
Contributed photos for Brink magazine.
De Anza splits season series, defeat Kennedy 12-4
Richmond Confidential
Kennedy Eagles’ head coach Tim Logan sat on a milk crate near first base during the top of the third inning Friday afternoon and watched his team fall behind 10 runs to the visiting De Anza Dons. While Logan sat outside the dugout keeping the book, no permissible players sat in the dugout with rally caps on rooting for their teammates to make a comeback. Fragmented by poor academic achievement, the first-year head coach now faces a different kind of foul ball—enough bodies to field a roster.
Oilers take season series, defeat Eagles 7-6
Richmond Confidential
The Richmond Oilers’ baseball team has two wins this year and they’re both against their crosstown rival, the Kennedy Eagles. On Wednesday the lineup with “R” on their hats used eight walks and one hit-by-pitch to squeeze out a 7-6 victory.
Richmond Tales Fest turns page on literacy and healthy living
Richmond Confidential
“Books” and “fitness” were the words of the day for many Richmond families Saturday afternoon as they strolled a sunny Civic Center plaza learning about both. While children combed vendor tents for new and exciting books to take home, and exercised in a play station provided by Kaiser Permanente, parents had the opportunity to measure their blood pressure and gain new information about diabetes. The outdoor activities and information sharing was part of the fifth annual Richmond Tales Fest: An Afternoon of Family Literacy and Healthy Living.
Eagles improve times at UC Davis invitational
Richmond Confidential
Kennedy High’s track team competed in the Woody Wilson Classic at UC Davis Friday and Saturday. The girls’ 4×100-meter relay team finished fifth, while senior Takkarist “Takk” McKinnley took silver in both the 100 and 200-meter dash.
Swett defeat Oilers, move into first-place tie
Richmond Confidential
Swett High southpaw Allen Ressler took his A-game the mound Wednesday evening as the Indians defeated the visiting Richmond Oilers 13-1. The win moved Swett (4-1, 4-10) into a first-place tie with Hercules, while Richmond (1-3, 1-10) fell three games behind in the win column.
Military vets have new resource center, place to call home
Richmond Confidential
A new resource center for homeless veterans to call home opened last week on the corner of Maine Avenue and Harbour Way South. Established by Rhonda Harris, the four bedroom two-story house with a white picket fence around it sits directly across the street from Nystrom Elementary School and can accommodate six veterans. The opening ceremony was attended by more than 25 people and included Secretary of the California Department of Veteran Affairs Peter J. Gravett, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.
Lady Eagles dance around De Anza, climb above .500
Richmond Confidential
The Lady Eagles softball team climbed above .500 in league play yesterday by defeating De Anza High 25-15. Marred by pitching that at times looked like bowling, Kennedy scored most of its runs on wild pitches and 17 walks.
Kennedy High sprinters bring home LA gold
Richmond Confidential
Kennedy High’s head track coach Carl Sumler knew his girls’ 4×100 relay team, and sprint hotshot Takkarist McKinnley would need quick and easy access to physiological energy reserves when they lined up against the nation’s best runners last weekend in Los Angeles. So before they jumped in their vans and headed south down Interstate 5, Sumler went out and stockpiled his suitcase with Oreos, chocolate chips, fruit juices, noodles, salami, mustard and cheese. The sugar rush worked, as the girls finished first in both the 3rd Annual Tiger Invite at South Pasadena High School, and the 46th Annual Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School, while McKinnley brought home Arcadia gold in the boy’s 200-meter dash by running a personal record 21.90 seconds.
The Powerlifter
Richmond Confidential
Kennedy High special education teacher Salvatore Morabito has seen plenty of powerlifters. The 71-year-old Belgium-born weightlifter has been pounding iron since he was eight years old. And now, at the crowning point of his career, the schoolteacher for students with severe disabilities has found the perfect training partner—someone who can out bench press him.
St. Patrick/St. Vincent no-hits Kennedy
Richmond Confidential
While most high school students were out on spring break working on their suntan, St. Patrick/St. Vincent senior pitcher Austin Fitzpatrick stood tall on Kennedy High’s mound and threw a complete game no-hitter. The Bruins went on defeat the Eagles 14-0.
Kennedy High track team sprints to Los Angeles, competes in two invitationals
Richmond Confidential
Kennedy High’s track team is about to experience the wind in their hair SoCal-style. And some stiff competition. Eagles’ head coach Carl Sumler said the girls 4×100 meter relay team, and sprint specialist Takkarist “Takk” McKinnley will travel to Los Angeles this weekend and compete in the 3rd Annual Tiger Invite at South Pasadena High School on Friday, and then lace ‘em up again the next day for the nationally recognized 46th Annual Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School.
Fiesta Latina Market stocks shelves with Central American flavors and memories
Richmond Confidential
For those who move from one country to another change can be hard. Families are separated, speech is not understood and finding employment may be impossible. For others the change of address may be seamless.
Rugby makes an after school try at Washington Elementary School
Richmond Confidential
Play Rugby USA, a nonprofit organization focused on the wellbeing of school children in disenfranchised communities, is getting a jumper in Richmond by piloting an after-school rugby program at Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond. According to Stuart Bagshaw, the executive director of Play Rugby USA’s California branch, the program is now in over 200 schools in New York and in 60 schools in Los Angeles.
Kennedy baseball falls to Hercules
Richmond Confidential
The Kennedy Eagles baseball team traveled to Hercules Thursday evening and lost to the Titans 17-8.
Winless no more, Oilers slide into home and defeat Eagles 6-5
Richmond Confidential
The Richmond Oilers’ baseball team defeated the Kennedy Eagles 6-5 on Friday to win a baseball game for the first time in three years – since the average price of gasoline was $2.81 per gallon.
India, Chevron and monitoring pollution after toxic disasters
Richmond Confidential
Shweta Narayan, one of India’s leading environmentalists, paid the Bay Area a visit last week and presented information about the importance of environmental monitoring when it comes to toxic disasters. For the past nine years, Narayan, and Global Community Monitor, a group based in El Cerrito, have collaborated on air pollution awareness campaigns in India, where she coordinates Community Environmental Monitoring. Narayan spoke at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco and Center for Environmental Health in Oakland.
Latinos embrace Latin American pope
Catholic News Service
Video about Richmond, Calif., residents celebrating the selection of Pope Francis.
Salesian High basketball star prepares for future at Cal and All American basketball game
Richmond Confidential
If smiles bought cheeseburgers, Salesian High senior guard Jabari Bird could sell a lot of Happy Meals. Bird, one of the nation’s top guards and a 2013 McDonald’s All American, donned an apron, stood behind a cash register and took Extra Value Meal orders from friends, family, teachers and teammates in San Pablo Wednesday. The restaurant’s owner and operator, Rachel Wong, donated $1,000 to the high school.
Kennedy High art teacher finalist for The Ed Fund
Richmond Confidential
Dozens of palm-sized faces hang from the ceiling in Steve Mainini’s art classroom at Kennedy High School. The ceramic reflections of former students dangle in wire cages and defy gravity as if trapped in some sort of bad dream. But for the hundreds of students that have enrolled in Mainini’s art classes the past eight years, the art teacher with a crew cut is no Freddy Krueger—instead his students and peers regard him as an inspiration.
Lady Oilers look for pitching coach, lose to Salesian 21-0
Richmond Confidential
Richmond Oilers head softball coach Rosalind “Roz” Randle wore a long white blouse, blue stretch pants, baby blue ankle socks and shower slippers as she stood in the dusty third base dugout Wednesday evening at Salesian High School. More team uniforms were on order, she said, as the second-year coach shouted instructions through the chained linked fence. “Mo stop biting your nails,” she said to her third baseman, Moesha Samuel, as a Salesian runner danced off the bag ready to score.
Kennedy High teacher recognized as one of Bay Area’s best
Richmond Confidential
Kennedy High freshman English teacher Aaron Colacion does it his way. And because of that the school and the district may reap a financial reward. The third-year teacher is one of five finalists competing for the Bay Area’s 2013 Comcast SportsNet All-Star Teacher Award. Grand prize: $20,000.
Lady Eagles lose to Sacred Heart, prepare for next season
Richmond Confidential
The Kennedy Lady Eagles basketball team traveled to San Francisco Saturday night and battled Sacred Heart Cathedral in what would be Kennedy’s last game of the season. Sacred Heart, the number one seed in the NorCal Division III playoffs, withstood a frenzied Kennedy first-half attack to win 86-70.
Still on the bus, Lady Eagles defeat Branham High 69-54
Richmond Confidential
Something must’ve been in the air yesterday as the Kennedy High Lady Eagles’ basketball team traveled south toward San Jose to take on the Branham High Lady Bruins in the first round of the NorCal Division III playoffs. After a quick stop at Panda Express to eat some pre-game rice bowls, everyone jumped back on the bus with full bellies, and sang Sponge Bob Square Pants and Dora The Explorer theme songs for the next five minutes.
On the Richmond shore, 75 new citizens embrace U.S. cultures and laws
Richmond Confidential
On Tuesday, UC Berkeley’s Seismological Laboratory director Richard Allen, who is British, sat quietly next to his Polish wife, Kasia Allen, Cal’s assistant dean for external relations. Together, along with 75 immigrants from 33 other countries, they raised their right hands at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Homefront National Historical Park in Richmond and took the 140-word oath of allegiance that made them naturalized U.S. citizens.
Central Coast meet North Coast, Lady Eagles step on uncharted ground
Richmond Confidential
Wednesday night’s California Interscholastic Federation basketball game against eight-seed Branham High of San Jose, as the regional championships kick off, will be no joke. One more Kennedy loss and it’s sayonara, Lady Eagles.
Budding football stars train early, first snap five months away
Richmond Confidential
They say you can’t teach blistering speed. Don’t tell that to 68-year-old Donald Jackson. He and his Richmond Steelers youth football coaching staff had 10 boys out in Kennedy High’s grassy baseball field Sunday morning, pumping their knees and arms like runaway freight trains.
Lady Eagles down but not out, lose to O’Dowd by 64
Richmond Confidential
Sometimes life has its ups and downs. And on Wednesday night the Kennedy Lady Eagles’ basketball team got a big dose of down in an 85-21 loss to nationally ranked powerhouse Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland. But all was not lost for the Lady Eagles—the upside of the lopsided loss was that they still qualified for next week’s loser-goes-home NorCal state basketball tournament.
Speed, power and hops no problem for Kennedy High’s track and field team
Richmond Confidential
The Kennedy Eagles track and field team traveled to Pleasant Hill Saturday to compete in the Joe Stocking Super Seven Invitational at Diablo Valley College. Out of 18 schools, the boy’s team finished just north of the middle-of-the-pack, while the the girl’s squad finished right in the middle of 14 schools.
Lady Eagles bounce Hercules High from North Coast Section playoffs, face Oakland powerhouse Bishop O’Dowd on Wednesday
Richmond Confidential
The energy prior to the Lady Eagles’ tip off against Hercules High Friday night didn’t seem like a winner-take-all atmosphere. Instead, Kennedy’s Coach Dolly Felix Gym felt more like a quiet church or a place where something sad was taking place.
Lady Eagles softball team comes out swinging, lose season opener to El Cerrito
Richmond Confidential
On Friday, Lady Eagles head softball coach Amanda Stevens stood outside the dugout during the fourth inning and watched the first game of the year with a handful of fans near home plate. Red tape—Steven’s background check hasn’t been reviewed by the school district—kept the first-year coach from getting closer to the diamond. Tim Logan, Kennedy’s head baseball coach, pinch-hit for Stevens and filled out the starting line-up and acted as the third-base coach throughout the game.
From Eagle to Golden Bear, Kennedy High football star commits to Cal
Richmond Confidential
The legend of Takkarist “Takk” McKinley began his sophomore year. That’s when Kennedy High’s track coach, Carl Sumler, saw the young Eagles defensive end rush a Piedmont High quarterback, turn around, race 15 yards up field and catch a wide receiver trying to break loose with the ball.
Lady Eagles defeat Analy High, advance in North Coast Section tourney
Richmond Confidential
Lady Eagles head coach Rae Jackson has had enough. And even though his squad battled to a 74-64 victory over Analy High Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the North Coast Section Division 3 Bracket, he wasn’t happy.
Kennedy High pep rally big deal for both basketball and football programs
Richmond Confidential
As the clock struck 2:20 p.m. on Friday, 800 Kennedy High students filled the gym to celebrate Black History Month and begin their weeklong President’s Day vacation. The pep rally was full of balloon races, tug-of-war contests, dance moves, catwalks and cheer. Phillip Johnson, the school’s principal, even wore a blue Hawaiian shirt to accent the mood of the day.
Kennedy Eagles start baseball season, throw first pitch at Bethel High
Richmond Confidential
While the San Francisco Giants are in balmy Scottsdale, Ariz., reminiscing and shaking the dust off their recent World Series trophy, the Kennedy Eagles baseball team has been under Bay Area clouds working hard on shagging fly balls and fielding grounders. First-year head coach Tim Logan said for the past two weeks his team has been practicing nothing but defensive fundamentals.
Lady Eagles fight back, lose semi-final game against Salesain
Richmond Confidential
Tears came early for the Kennedy Lady Eagles Thursday night. As teammates practiced free throw shooting during halftime, senior shooting guard Susan Valiphone sat on the bench and kept to herself. Down only three points with two quarters to go, tears trickled down her cheeks.
Lady Eagles win first tournament game in more than 10 years
Richmond Confidential
Eleven-and-zero. That’s the Kennedy Lady Eagles home record this year. And if they win three more home games this week they’ll call themselves Tri-County League champs.
Kettlebell Sport Classic draws competitors from around the globe
Richmond Confidential
On Saturday, 39 competitors from around the world competed at Richmond’s Ice Chamber to see who could lift cannonball-like weights over their heads the most times in the Bay Area’s first-ever Kettlebell Sport Classic.
6th Annual Black History Celebration wows crowd with food, dance and history
Richmond Confidential
More than 300 people attended the 6th Annual Black History Celebration held Friday at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. The three-hour gala led off with a plate of soul food and a documentary about North Richmond, and ended with raffle drawings for money, a TV, and a one-night stay in Tahoe.
Richmond firefighters take the edge off hazardous materials
Richmond Confidential
Nine Richmond firefighters trained for a mass casualty drill involving hazardous materials Saturday morning. The two-hour instruction took place at Station 64, parallel to the railroad tracks off Carson Avenue where freight cars often park while transporting high-risk materials.
Hercules stuns Richmond in overtime
Richmond Confidential
If anyone that wears their heart on their sleeve it’s Richmond Oilers head basketball coach Rob Collins. And on Wednesday night there was no doubt the unease he felt as his team lost in overtime on Senior Night to the Hercules Titans 51-49.
Shorthanded, Lady Eagles celebrate last-second victory and league title
Richmond Confidential
Boxing had the “Thrilla in Manila.” Football had the “Immaculate Reception.” Baseball had the “Shot Heard Around the World.” And now basketball has Kennedy High Lady Eagles’ “Three Against Five.”
Oilers fire all cylinders, race past De Anza 68-40
Richmond Confidential
For 15 seconds after a Richmond Oilers basketball win, there’s no happier place in the world than in the boys’ locker room. That’s when head coach Rob Collins shows his players the Saturday Night Fever dance moves.
Richmond residents dig into Greenway and MLK celebration
Richmond Confidential
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of Richmond Monday. Mother Nature would have been thrilled, too, as more than 400 people strolled several blocks of the Richmond Greenway and watched hundreds of volunteers plant seeds of hope and food.
Oilers play tall, defeat speedy Eagles by 14
Richmond Confidential
On Friday, the Richmond Oilers boys’ basketball team defeated their cross-town rival, the Kennedy Eagles, 58-44. The game was held at Richmond High and was the Oilers third victory of their last five games.
No Swett, Kennedy High’s Lady Eagles cruise to victory
Richmond Confidential
With offensive plays called “Gator,” “Black,” “Indiana,” “Shallow” and “5-Out,” it’s easy to understand why the Kennedy High School Lady Eagles average 69 points per game. On Wednesday night the most exciting show in Richmond high school sports took their scoring artistry to another level and defeated John Swett High 84-28.
World Series trophies, black and orange, displayed at Richmond Memorial Auditorium
Richmond Confidential
Erik Lopez is not your ordinary San Francisco Giants fan. By day he’s your regular good guy from Hercules. By first pitch he saves the day as Giants-Wolverine; a five-foot-something wolf-like creature wearing a black and orange Giants cape, mask and foam knuckle blades.
Eagles fight to the end, Hercules escapes with the win
Richmond Confidential
On Friday, the Hercules Titans boys’ basketball team marched into the Coach Dolly Felix Gym and defeated the Kennedy Eagles 70-55. It was the Eagles’ fourth loss in a row, dropping the team to last place in the league.
Eagles get first basketball win of the season
Richmond Confidential
On Friday, the day the world was supposed to end according to interpretations of the Mayan calendar, the Kennedy Eagles defeated Stellar Prep High 70-36. Entering the game at 0-7, the Eagles were determined not be turned into winless cosmic dust.
Lady Eagles coast to victory, beat Vallejo 84-25
Richmond Confidential
Eleven games into the season and sitting five games over five hundred, the Kennedy High Lady Eagles basketball team is still learning what it means to be part of a team—or at least how to play like one.
Community garden robbed of tools, not hope
Richmond Confidential
More than $700 worth of power and carpentry tools were stolen from a locked shed at the Happy Lot Farm and Garden run by Andromeda Brooks. Brooks reported the theft to the police Dec. 6.
Oilers battle wintry elements, fall to Mt. Eden
Richmond Confidential
Pre-game warm ups at Richmond High’s basketball gym took on a literal meaning Saturday afternoon. The gym’s heater didn’t work. So as the Mt. Eden Monarchs and Richmond Oilers players ran around the gym shooting layups and popping short jumpers, the fans in the stands kept their coats and hoodies on and huddled together.
Lady Eagles apply no mercy rule, win by 53
Richmond Confidential
After clobbering the Antioch Lady Panthers by 53 points Friday night, Kennedy Lady Eagles head coach Rae Jackson told his players to go home, eat something good, take a hot bath and to jump into bed. Saturday afternoon would be no different as the Lady Eagles (5-2) play their fourth game in five days.
Eagles show defensive front strategies against Campolindo
Richmond Confidential
When Jose Ponce stepped off the bus at Campolindo High Wednesday night he knew he was going to have a good game. But what the Eagles goalkeeper didn’t know was that he’d have to duel a Cougars player eye-to-eye during a penalty kick.
Lady Eagles race past KIPP King
Richmond Confidential
The hottest show in town isn’t Hollywood’s new James Bond movie, but rather the Kennedy High girl’s basketball team. And with an 85-39 defeat of KIPP King of San Lorenzo Monday night, the Eagles didn’t disappoint.
Oilers turn corner, but fall to Mustangs
Richmond Confidential
On Wednesday night the Richmond Oilers (0-2-1) lost to the Monte Vista Mustangs (5-0-0) by the score of 2-1. The game was played under a sea of fog as players’ battled visibility and a slippery field the entire night.
Fremont takes Kennedy in season opener
Richmond Confidential
It was just the first game, but Kennedy head coach DeUndrae Perteete has already found something to work on: rebounding. The team had just eight boards the entire night.
RPAL boxing program helps youth overcome fears, gain confidence
Richmond Confidential
I shot and produced a two-minute boxing video.
Local high schools gear up for a day of soccer mania
Richmond Confidential
On Saturday the West Contra Costa Unified School District will host the first ever North Coast Section soccer jamboree. With 15 20-minute games scheduled in less than eight hours, it’s sure to be race car-like.
Kennedy soccer program slammed with academic woes
Richmond Confidential
If there are any boys walking the Kennedy High hallways with aspirations of being the next Lionel Messi or Javier Hernandez, please go see head soccer coach Aaron Colacion in his classroom and tell him you want to sign up. He needs you. There’s a very good chance you’ll see a lot of playing time.
A veteran’s story: Agent Orange and the Marine from Baton Rouge
Richmond Confidential
Percy Jones remembers the exact day he enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps: December 26, 1968. He’s not so exact as to when he was discharged. “April of 1970,” he said.
Kennedy falls to Salesian in playoffs
Richmond Confidential
I took photos for this playoff football game.
Eagles clash with Pride in first round of playoffs
Richmond Confidential
There’s nothing like a little drama two days before the first round of the playoffs.
Celebrating wins, not losses is the new standard for Kennedy soccer program
Richmond Confidential
Soccer is gearing up at Kennedy High. With 14 boys running two miles, three times a week around the football field, no one notices but the guys in shoulder pads.
Eagles, Oilers battle for Greenwood Trophy
Richmond Confidential
The Kennedy Eagles (4-4) travel to Richmond Friday night for the second annual Greenwood Trophy game. Last year’s inaugural showdown saw the Eagles pound the Oilers to the fine tune of 73-18.
Richmond Sol Cobras
Richmond Confidential
Photo slideshow of soccer game.
Eagles and Oilers load up the bus
Richmond Confidential
The Kennedy Eagles (2-4) and Richmond Oilers (0-6) hit the road Friday night, as both teams continue their quest for a league title.
Oilers, Eagles enter league play
Richmond Confidential
The Richmond Oilers (0-5) and Kennedy Eagles (1-4) didn’t have much to root for during the first half of the season. But with league play beginning Friday night, both teams hope coin tosses start going their way.
Kennedy cross-country runners make coach proud
Richmond Confidential
On Thursday afternoon five local cross country teams lined up behind an ephemeral line of white flour to test their endurance. The meet was the league’s first gathering of the season and was held at Cesar Chavez Park in the Berkeley Marina.
Eagles hopeful for consecutive wins, Oilers refocusing on academics
Richmond Confidential
The Richmond Oilers (0-5) won’t score any touchdowns or make any big defensive stops Friday night. As of Monday the team entered its bye week to focus on next week’s league play. But if players don’t watch what they do in the classroom, they may have to turn in their helmets and shoulder pads for the remainder of the season.
Victory!
Richmond Confidential
Someone should have told the Galileo Lions (1-2-1) to look in their rearview mirror Saturday afternoon, because the Kennedy Eagles (1-3) had their pedal to the metal and raced across the Bay Bridge for a 44-0 win.
Oilers and Eagles still searching for elusive win
Richmond Confidential
No one said Rome was built in a day. The same can be said for the 2012 Richmond Oilers and Kennedy Eagles football teams. With both squads sitting with goose eggs in the win column, they’re looking to get back on track before league play begins in two weeks.
Eagles get new coach, set to bump pass season against Oilers
Richmond Confidential
The Richmond Oilers volleyball team might face what looks like the Kennedy Eagles soccer team Tuesday after school if the Eagles volleyball team doesn’t get new volleyball uniforms in time. Not to mention regulation-size balls. The team could use some of those, too.
Kaiser Permanente’s Live Well Be Well program doesn’t just happen over night
Richmond Confidential
The folks at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center want their employees to be big losers. Not in a bad way, but in a healthy way. For eight weeks Kaiser hires a boot camp instructor to come in on Monday and Wednesday to make their employees sweat. Like NBC’s popular reality weight loss show, “The Biggest Loser”, results can be dramatic. But it’s never easy.
Both Eagles and Oilers face Bay Area powerhouses Friday night
richmond Confidential
The Richmond Oilers (0-3) and Kennedy Eagles (0-2) will be put to the test Friday night as both teams look for their first win of the young season. The Oilers travel south to Fremont for a 5 p.m. kickoff against the California School for the Deaf (2-0), while the Eagles host city foe Salesian Pride (3-0) at 7 p.m.
Eagles and Oilers to see gridiron action this weekend
Richmond Confidential
The Kennedy Eagles and Richmond Oilers will both see action this weekend, as the two teams take on neighborhood rivals. The Eagles host the El Cerrito Gauchos on Friday night, while the Oilers visit Salesian Pride on Saturday for a matinee affair. Eagles head coach Mark Carminer and his staff will try and slow down El Cerrito’s high-powered offense, as the Gouchos come into the game beating San Lorenzo and Newark Memorial by a combined score of 106-14.
Chevron greeted with labor and environmental protestors on Labor Day
Richmond Confidential
More than 50 protesters gathered on the grassy lot near Washington Elementary School Monday to decry the oil refining industry. After about an hour of shouting environmental and labor concerns into a megaphone, they marched with picket signs to the gates of Chevron a few blocks away.
Kennedy comes up just short, loses tough one to Joseph Bethel
Richmond Confidential
Joseph Bethel defeated Kennedy 27-16 in Vallejo Friday night, as both teams tried to shake off some early season rust. On its first two possessions of the game, Kennedy fumbled the ball deep in its own territory. The two turnovers lead to an early 6-0 Bethel lead.
Gary Bell throws name into Richmond political hat
Richmond Confidential
Gary Bell knows how to make people feel at ease. He also knows a little bit about money and business principles. And at a campaign kickoff Thursday night at the Courtyard Marriott at Hilltop Mall, the president and CEO of Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union in Berkeley declared his intent to bring civility and leadership back to the City Council.
San Jose Earthquakes provide soccer clinic for Richmond youth
Richmond Confidential
The soggy field behind LoVonya DeJean Middle School shook, rattled and rolled Wednesday evening, as five Major League Soccer players from the San Jose Earthquakes conducted a clinic for Richmond United Soccer Club players. For many of the 120 youngsters it was their first chance to meet a pro soccer player.
West County Wastewater District workers, management not seeing eye-to-eye
Richmond Confidential
On Tuesday morning, over 20 West County Wastewater District (WCWD) employees picketed outside the district’s headquarters on Hilltop Drive to denounce contract negotiations that have come to a screeching halt.
National Night Out is more than a party, it’s a show of appreciation
Richmond Confidential
On Tuesday evening, Richmond residents gathered at Target to celebrate the kick off of the city’s annual National Night Out event, a series of neighborhood block parties designed to improve neighborhood safety by getting residents to know one another and making them familiar with the officers in their local police department. The nationwide event has been organized by the National Association of Town Watch since 1984.
Point Richmond is not your normal walk in the art
Richmond Confidential
Every third Thursday, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., downtown Point Richmond transforms itself into a little party and art mecca. Residents, near or far, roam the sleepy streets by the tunnel, and stop into a variety of galleries and studios to chat with artists or owners. And if that wasn’t cool enough, visitors are offered a slice of fancy cheese and fine wine to keep the warm vibe going.
Father and son throw a one-two punch for Richmond boxing
Richmond Confidential
Ulises Soriano grew up around boxing. Back in the 1970s, his father had a gym in Mexico City. Once he got to Richmond, he realized his eldest son had inherited passion for the sport, too. Thanks to God and family, the older Soriano said, the father-son combo was able to rent the their space on 13th Street, train, and help the community. For three years D.F. Boxing Gym has been rolling with the punches.
Residents share opinions on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via county action plan
Richmond Confidential
Richmond resident Cordell Hindler is already taking shorter showers and turning off the lights. He said he’s tired of seeing his water and heating bills shoot through the roof. “I live in a house where everything is not up to date,” Hindler said about his heater, stove and light fixtures. “My bills are getting out of control. I’m here trying to learn how to keep my utility bills down.”
Amateur boxers get into the ring at Richmond Police Activities League event
Richmond Confidential
On Saturday, the Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) hosted 16 bouts of amateur boxing at the Richmond Auditorium. Each fight lasted three rounds, with the winner receiving a trophy. The runner-up got ribbon and medal. Ages of the fighters ranged from 9 to 31 years of age. Two of the fighters, Angel Soriano, 11, and Eduardo Garcia, 14, train at Richmond’s D.F. Boxing gym on 13th Street. The gym, and its owner, Ulises Soriano, is renowned for placing Richmond fighters into the professional ranks. On this date, both Soriano and Garcia lost by split decisions.
Eight-hour yogathon raises money for local hospital and African nonprofit
Richmond Confidential
On Saturday, 200 Bay Area residents put on their stretchy yoga pants and unrolled their colorful exercise mats to help Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland. For eight hours, barefoot participants moved and stretched their bodies at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion to inaugurate the first annual Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area Yogathon. Sarah Gardner, president and founder of Yoga Reaches Out, spoke during the welcome address and told the kneeling crowd that she was inspired to help children when her son was born 10 weeks premature and weighed only three pounds. In less than three years, the Boston-based nonprofit organization has conducted three “yogathons” and raised over $700,000 dollars for children’s charities, she said.
Richmond High recruit writer coaches for the upcoming school year
Richmond Confidential
New coaches are coming to Richmond High School this year, but we’re not talking about football, basketball and baseball coaches. Instead we’re talking about writer coaches. Writer coaches? Writer coaches are volunteers who help students complete their teacher-assigned writing homework. Students range from emerging to proficient writers. Robert Menzimer, executive director of Community Alliance for Learning, said the WriterCoach Connection program began 12 years ago at Berkeley High School when 35 parents got together because they felt their children weren’t learning how to write well enough.
National experts and locals come together to reduce homelessness
Richmond Confidential
On Monday and Tuesday Saffron Strand, a Point Richmond non-profit focused on helping the homeless find meaningful employment and achieve economic independence, hosted its third annual conference to generate ideas about how to end homelessness. Topics included health care, housing, transitional employment and the hiring of ex-offenders. The event took place at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium and was called “Defragmenting the Homeless Continuum: Linking Pathways to Self-Sufficiency.” One of its goals was to identify gaps, incentives and disincentives in existing programs for the homeless. Around 50 people sat at circular tables taking notes on talks given by local, state and national experts.
City council approves new limits for campaign contributions and voting on donor-related issues
Richmond Confidential
On a night that began with good intentions, things went sour fast at the Tuesday night Richmond City Council meeting as the council debated adopting new rules for disclosing campaign contributions over $250. The meeting began with Mayor Gayle McLaughlin acknowledging a group of young, proud and voracious bookworms. Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus hailed the TECHS All-Stars Reading is Fun Book Club as a perfect example of crime prevention. “When kids are reading books they’re not getting into trouble,” he said. But leave it to money, and an election year, to spoil the mood. Councilmember Tom Butt got the ball rolling when he suggested an amendment for council consideration with regards to accepting and disclosing money. In layman’s terms, the amendment says a councilmember who receives more than $250 from a business or individual cannot vote on what that business or individual asks for during future council votes. It would take one year for that councilperson to vote again on that particular item. “It limits the influence of money on politics,” Butt said.
Richmond, San Francisco skate circles around Berkeley and Oakland
Richmond Confidential
Bay Area residents got a taste of roller derby madness Saturday night as the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls teams laced ‘em up for the league’s Double Header Coastal Clash at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.
Kaiser, RPAL, join forces to help five teenagers run a graphic design start-up
Richmond Confidential
Bagging groceries, flipping pizzas and sitting by the public pool as a lifeguard used to be the ultimate jobs for young people. But with funding from Kaiser Permanente, five motivated teenagers from Richmond’s Police Activities League (RPAL) will skip the chump change and start their own business. “What we decided to do was become a graphic [design] company,” said RPAL’s development director, Tamara Walker. “People can actually come to us to create their fliers and business cards. The kids will design it, make it, and give them prices.”
Richmond residents watch trees grow on the big screen, hope for the same in their neighborhoods
Richmond Confidential
On Saturday evening more than 30 Richmond residents concerned about the environment gathered at the home of Marci Valdivieso to watch a documentary about Wangari Maathai. Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist who started the Green Belt Movement that shed light on the importance of trees and soil conservation in 1977, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She died last year due to complications from ovarian cancer. The event was organized by Richmond Trees, a small group of North and East residents who plant trees of shade and hope throughout the city. Formerly known as the North and East Tree Team, it’s a grassroots team working in partnership with the City of Richmond Parks and Landscaping to replant areas near sidewalks where city utilities will allow.
LGBT teens, RYSE Center, mobilize Richmond against hate speech
Richmond Confidential
On Tuesday night at Richmond’s City Council meeting, upset residents and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, mostly dressed in purple t-shirts and yellow armbands, signed a unity pledge against hate speech and asked council members to do the same. The standing-room-only crowd also heard 65 people voice their concerns about homophobic comments they heard during the last public meeting.
Richmond residents take to the street, pass out fliers, to stop gun violence
Richmond Confidential
On Friday evening, 13 Richmond residents gathered at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in North Richmond to spread the word about life without bullets. Armed with purple fliers, they exited the small church with a gentle gait and marched two-by-two towards the Las Deltas Housing Project, one of the city’s hot spots for gun violence.
Happy Lot Farm and Garden takes root, sprouts hope for urban nutrition
Richmond Confidential
Talk about bang for your buck—14,000 square feet for a dollar a year ain’t bad. In terms of food production, that could mean a whole lot of apples, and whatever else will take root on the corner of 1st Street and Chanslor Avenue. The nearly half-acre lot sits just one block east of the Iron Triangle and used to be a popular spot for drug dealing and a dumping ground for trash. Now thanks to the daringness of one resident, a non-profit and the city of Richmond, the abandoned fenced-in area is turning into Mother Nature’s supermarket. Linda Schneider and Self-Sustaining Communities rent the land from the city. And once Happy Lot Farm and Garden is fully operational it will house an adobe greenhouse, chicken coop, apiary, small orchard and aquaponic harvesting system—the use of a fishpond and its circulating water to grow vegetables.
Richmond homeless vigil a beacon of light for those on the street
Richmond Confidential
On Saturday night a handful of Richmond and Bay Area residents gathered near the steps of the Civic Center Plaza for an overnight vigil to show concern about homelessness, what many in the group call a social justice and human right’s issue. Guest speakers gave inspirational speeches, and before it got too dark everyone shared a light meal and conversations of hope. When the cold wind and nightfall overtook them, 13 people sat in a circle, lit a candle and shared roofless stories over an open mic.
Oakland A’s star, Chevron share the science of baseball with elementary school students
Richmond Confidential
More than 130 fifth and sixth graders at Lincoln Elementary School in Richmond studied science on Tuesday. Okay, so what? This time their teachers didn’t wear white lab coats and talk about strange things underneath a microscope. Instead, Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick and team mascot Stomper used a Louisville Slugger and chopped up baseballs to talk about the “Science of the Game.”
RAW Talent students perform poetry about incarceration in “From the Pen to the Page”
Richmond Confidential
Poetry comes from the heart, and whether that heart is imprisoned by the mind or cold steely bars, what’s scribbled down on paper can make life-changing differences. That’s the message 19 young Richmond poets spoke about at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts Sunday afternoon. The nearly packed house saw RAW Talent students perform original work addressing social justice issues relating to the prison industrial complex. RAW Talent is a creative arts curriculum at the Making Waves Education Program, which serves nearly 1,000 students from 27 public elementary schools in Richmond and San Francisco. It started out as an after-school tutoring and teaching program, but now has evolved into a comprehensive, year-round educational support program.
Foster month kicks off with laptop giveaway
Richmond Confidential
Richmond High graduate Bernard Naquin, 19, won’t have to look too far to find a computer these days. The Contra Costa County teenager and Diablo Valley College student was awarded a brand new Dell laptop Monday morning at the Nevin Center. “I was surprised when they told me I was going to receive the computer,” Naquin said. “Out of everyone in the county, they chose me. I didn’t expect it.”
What's in my backpack?
Columbia Journalism Review
It’s fitting that veteran tech journalist Dean Takahashi, who grew up a self-described “arcade rat,” weaned on classics like Pong and Galaga, has become one of the country’s most prominent writers about the video game industry. He opened his “nice, big REI bag” for Tyler Orsburn to prove a bit of hard-earned journalistic wisdom: “You gotta have backups.”
Oilers go out swinging, end season with summer plans
Richmond Confidential
The Salesian Pride defeated the backyard rival Richmond Oilers 11-2 in the first round of the high school baseball playoffs Wednesday evening, ending the Oilers’ season.
A day in photos at Knox-Miller Regional Shoreline
Richmond Confidential
On a clear day one can sit on a park bench at Knox-Miller Regional Shoreline and see right up to the front porch of San Francisco. Colorful sailboats often whiz by on the open water, while international freight ships sit moored off in the distance.
Green economy means greenbacks for RichmondBUILD graduates
Richmond Confidential
Sixty-six graduates of the RichmondBUILD Green Careers Academy were awarded certificates of completion Friday morning at their training facility on 23rd Street. The green academy trains residents in energy-efficient home construction, hybrid automotive technologies, solar installation and environmental literacy.
Oakland A’s stars, free backpacks, a hit with Richmond students
Richmond Confidential
The Richmond Police Activities League gymnasium rocked with hundreds of kids and parents Tuesday. For the parents, it was the free backpacks full of school supplies. For the kids, the big draw was getting autographs and taking pictures with local Major League stars.
Half-Steppers lose sprints, but set to win race for future
Richmond Confidential
Who puts ice in their socks? That’s exactly what Richmond Half-Stepper Robert Freeman, 7, did after completing a race at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, which ran from July 30 to August 6.
Video Reports from South Korea and America
The Washington Post
This was part of a travel class. My two stories are Life on a Skewer and Out of the Fast Lane.
North and East resident gets lawn makeover from neighbors
Richmond Confidential
Looking out for your neighbor isn’t just about pushing aside a dusty curtain and peering across the street to see if everything is okay. For Richmond’s North and East neighborhood patrol, community safety means going outside their neighbor’s homes, hitting the pavement and talking to people.
Half-Steppers return home, give their best effort in New Orleans
Richmond Confidential
All good things must come to an end. That’s what happened Friday at the Junior Olympics in New Orleans for the Richmond Half-Steppers. After a two-hour weather delay that saw heavy lightning, thunder and rain, the young Richmond squad ran faster than they ever had before—it’s just that there were a few runners who clocked faster times.
Season on the line for Half-Steppers
Richmond Confidential
This is it. This is where the Half-Steppers lay everything on the line—if not they’ll be steppin’ in the stands Saturday as spectators as others compete for medals during the Junior Olympic finals.
Heat, 400-yard record breakers, slow Half-Steppers’ winning stride
Richmond Confidential
Day two of the Junior Olympics competition at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans was a roller coaster of sorts for the Richmond Half-Steppers’ coaches and parents. They witnessed two of their runners come in first and second place in their respective races with lifetime and personal bests, but no one on the team has yet to qualify for the next round.
$1 million grant hopes to take a bite out of unhealthy food
Richmond Confidential
Kaiser Permanente wants to HEAL Richmond. Not with expensive medicine or shiny surgical knives, but with good old-fashioned Healthy Eating Active Living, or HEAL Zones, the acronym chosen for a program that will help residents fight obesity through education. The program also includes a small business action plan that will encourage local businesses to promote responsible food and exercise choices.
Tropical storm, rule changes make for rough first day for Half-Steppers
Richmond Confidential
Half-Steppers' coach Eric Avery sounded a little tired on the phone Monday night, if not a slightly frustrated, as he reported on the team's first full day of Junior Olympics competition at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
Half-Steppers board bus, Junior Olympics final destination
Richmond Confidential
Back in January, Jean Morris had a vision of her family going on an adventure. The grandmother to four generations of Half-Stepper runners told coach Eric Avery that they were going to New Orleans as a family to compete in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games, and when they got back they would take their medals and march down Macdonald Avenue as a family, too.
Peaceful protest held at immigration detention center
Richmond Confidential
Nearly 100 residents from across Contra Costa County held a peaceful protest last week at the West County Detention Facility where illegal immigrants are held prior to deportation.
San Francisco Mime Troupe brings political comedy to Richmond
Richmond Confidential
Nearly 150 Richmond residents enjoyed a contemporary political comedy Sunday afternoon at Nicholl Park. Performed by the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, “2012—The Musical!” asked questions about privatization, public wealth and non-profits turning to corporations for funding.
Police, civic leaders announce gang task force
Richmond Confidential
Bernadette Richards looked confused Thursday afternoon as she walked down Nevin Avenue with her young daughter. The two had just left a youth program at the Nevin Park Community Center where children ran carefree and played basketball or on the swings. Now as they strolled passed Fifth Street, less than 50 yards away, they saw media cameras gathered around a sidewalk memorial decorated with teddy bears and liquor bottles.
Richmond soccer club encourages Latino students to attend college
Richmond Confidential
Raquel Orozco is from Mexico. She arrived in Richmond as a teenager and didn’t speak a word of English. Ten years after graduating from Richmond High, she is completing her Ph.D. in chemical engineering this year from UC Davis.
Iron Triangle picnic a celebration of cultures
Richmond Confidential
Nevin Park was abuzz with joy and laughter last Saturday as Richmond residents celebrated the 18th Annual Iron Triangle Community Picnic, which was organized by the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council. Council president Otheree Christian said nearly 1,500 people attended the event. Children rode ponies and a train and had their faces painted, while adults played in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and danced to live music.
Richmond Baptist Church shares Bible study in Belize
Richmond Confidential
“Vacation Bible School” takes on new meaning when classes are held near Mayan temples and jaguar-filled jungles. But for eight Richmond Baptist Church members, that’s exactly what they got during the last week in June when they visited the small and impoverished Central American country of Belize.
Council approves municipal ID cards for Richmond
Richmond Confidential
On Tuesday night by the Richmond City Council unanimously voted to approve the issuing of municipal ID cards. The cards are intended to improve public safety, increase civic participation and support local commerce.
How Richmond celebrates the 4th of July
Richmond Confidential
We wanted to know how people celebrated the 4th of July, so we asked around on 23rd Street and MacDonald. Care to share your Independence Day traditions? Leave a note in the comments section below.
Richmond students learn about the profession of healing
Richmond Confidential
Seventeen teenagers from across Richmond listened to a panel of health care professionals Wednesday at the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo as they all shared stories about working in the medical profession and what schooling it took to get there.
Richmond kids explore BART, museum and San Francisco airport
Richmond Confidential
Last week Richmond city councilmember Corky Boozé, together with BART, gave 18 school children from across Richmond a once-in-a-lifetime experience by taking them on an all expenses paid trip to the Oakland Museum and San Francisco Airport as an opportunity to learn new life skills. The idea was to show kids that rarely get the opportunity to leave Richmond the Bay Area by using public transit.
Pow-wow brings dance and culture to Richmond
Richmond Confidential
Nicholl Park was blessed in prayer and dance Saturday afternoon as Native American Indians respresenting over 50 tribes from as far away as South Dakota, New Mexico, Long Beach, Calif., and Sacramento travelled to Richmond to participate in its 2nd Annual Native American Pow-Wow.
Operation Access provides free surgical procedures to three Contra Costa County women
Richmond Confidential
Summers are meant for swimming holes, drive-in movie theaters and cross-country road trips. Going to a hospital usually doesn’t make a summer to-do list, especially when the visit entails delicate surgeries with sharp, steely knives. But for three low-income, uninsured Contra Costa County residents, surgery was a dream come true.
Point and click!
Richmond Confidential
Nine photographers, two hours, thirteen donuts, one city.
A showing of unity by sweeping the street
Richmond Confidential
Volunteers walked Cutting Boulevard to beautify their city.
Post-election concern on 23rd Street
Richmond Confidential
23rd Street merchants wonder what happens after two Latino council members lose.
San Pablo teen killed in south Richmond
Richmond Confidential
Assailants took aim outside a funeral home.
A season in photos
Richmond Confidential
Flash and football slideshow.
Walking toward a bright future
Richmond Confidential
Dozens of young men and women, mostly teenagers, took command of the downtown Richmond Police Activities League building last month while residents sat inside the gymnasium and talked with officers about neighborhood security.
Oilers go toe-to-toe with Hornets, lose a wild one
Richmond Confidential
The Alameda Hornets swarmed all over Oilers Field Friday night, overwhelming Richmond 71 to 46.
Wrecking Belles: Rolling through Richmond one jam at a time
Richmond Confidential
A roller derby competition. I made a video.
Mexican and American and voting
Richmond Confidential
Immigration reform advocate encourages Latinos to make their voices heard at the ballot box.
Longtime teacher seeks council spot
Richmond Confidential
Army veteran and city council candidate follows his heart to Bay Area, finds his cause in education.
Gauchos stomp Oilers as skid reaches three games
Richmond Confidential
The El Cerrito Gauchos wrapped up the Richmond Oilers Friday night 32-7, improving their season record to 3-3. The Oilers, losers of three straight, dropped to 2-3.
Rosie the Riveter takes to the stage
Richmond Confidential
Local actors portray the struggles of the women who worked on the home front.
Hundreds lace up to fight hunger, help the homeless
Richmond Confidential
Organizers hoped to raise more than $70,000 at the walk, their only major fundraiser of the year.
The American Dream?
Richmond Confidential
Today, after the failure of legislation called the “Dream Act,” Francisco’s hopes of becoming a schoolteacher must be put on political hold.
Bulgogi to the Rescue
Richmond Confidential
Eight members of the Richmond Korean Baptist Church arrived at the corner of Macdonald and 2nd St, carrying sacks of rice, watermelons, and vegetables. Chefs from the Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) welcomed them and hurried to begin cooking. The menu today—and once a month every Saturday—is always the same: Bulgogi.
Life through a lens
Richmond Confidential
Using digital cameras, students at the RYSE center began a semester-long search for compelling images and important stories.
Officials seek to dispel fears, draw more people to Nevin Park
Richmond Confidential
Nevin Park may have a new face, but some residents are still hesitant to visit the Iron Triangle spot once notorious for gang violence, drug sales, and prostitution. Despite a $3.4 million renovation in 2008, the park still struggles to attract users.
Youth find cross-cultural kinship at Nicholl Park
Richmond Confidential
Over Labor Day weekend, Nicholl Park Skate Plaza is crowded with a diverse group of kids and adults swarming over 10,000 square feet of concrete. Their common bond is skateboarding. In a city struggling to find a solution to youth gang violence, the skate park is a start.
Richmond High: The Season of Revenge
Richmond Confidential
For a team that only won three games last season, this is a long-awaited turnaround. With last night’s victory, and a 31-0 drubbing of Thurgood Marshall High the week before, the team is undefeated.
Richmond agency offers training and hope to jobseekers
Richmond Confidential
To help those looking for work, RichmondWORKS, an employment and training center, holds dozens of workshops and job orientations throughout the year. A week before Labor Day, eight Spanish-speaking residents listened attentively as an instructor walked them through the process of searching for employment in Richmond.
Eagles clinch last-minute victory in season opener
Richmond Confidential
The football team chose to forfeit its season last year after losing its only five games due to injuries and a lack of players, but it’s all part of the team’s — and perhaps the school’s — rebirth.

Books:

I Am Berkeley

Self-published photo book about Berkeley, Calif.

 

Awards:

Dorothea Lange Fellowship (January 2012)
The fellowship, in memory of one of the most outstanding documentary photographers of the 20th-century, encourages the use of photography (black and white or color) in the scholarly work of any discipline at UC Berkeley. As per http://berkeley.edu/lange/fellowship.shtml
Journalism Fellowship (August 2010)
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism fellowship.
NPPA-ACP, Photo Excellence Award (January 2008)
National Press Photographers Association, Associated Collegiate Press, Talisman, Western Kentucky University, 2nd Place Sports Picture, 2008
KPA, Best Sports Picture Essay (December 2007)
Kentucky Press Association, Best Sports Picture Essay, 3rd Place, 2007
KPA, Best Sports Picture Essay (December 2006)
Kentucky Press Association, Best Sports Picture Essay, 1st Place, 2006

Work Experience:

Reporter/Producer
RichmondConfidential.org  - Richmond CA  ( May 2012 - August 2012 )
News and features reporter.
Internship
RichmondConfidential.org  - Richmond CA  ( June 2011 - August 2011 )
Reported news coming out of Richmond, California.
Internship
The News Journal  - Wilmington DE  ( May 2008 - August 2008 )
Photographer
Internship
The Press-Enterprise  - Riverside CA  ( May 2007 - August 2007 )
Photographer
Sports Editor
Western Kentucky University  - Bowling Green KY  ( January 2007 - December 2007 )
Talisman Yearbook
Photographer
Western Kentucky University  - Bowling Green KY  ( August 2006 - March 2008 )
Sports Information Office
Stringer
The Gleaner  - Henderson KY  ( May 2006 - December 2007 )
Photographer
Photographer
U.S. Navy  - San Diego CA  ( April 2001 - April 2006 )
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

Skills:

  • Photography, videography, writing, Spanish, Final Cut Pro, SoundSlides, PhotoMechanic, FTP, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator

Other Works:

I taught environmental education around Mount Isarog National Park - Philippines. I was there from 1997-1999, and was assigned to the non-governement agency the Haribon Foundation.  Read more...

I was a photographer's mate from 2001-2006.