Jessica Schiewe


About Me

Jessie Schiewe is a freelance journalist living in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The East Bay Express, The New York Observer, Green Magazine, Hot New Hip Hop, and Thought Catalog, among other outlets. She specializes in writing features, culture and business stories, but has been known to dabble in other beats, like health, science, tech and local news. Prior to attending journalism school, she worked as a reporter at both The Los Angeles Times and The Honolulu Weekly. She has interned at Flaunt Magazine, C-SPAN, and The New York Observer and completed her undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. For more information, visit her website at

Published Articles & Highlights:

Could The Newest Trend in Bay Area Food Be...Edible Insects?
Oakland North
Across the country bugs are popping up on restaurant menus and on Internet cooking shows and blogs. They’re the focus of festivals and a main ingredient in a number of proposed future foods, like granola bars and seasonings. You can definitely find bugs on the menu here in the Bay Area. Fried wax moth larvae tacos are served at the Don Bugito food cart in San Francisco and chocolate-coated fried grasshoppers made a crunchy addition to Oakland’s homemade ice creams at Lush Gelato last summer.
Girls Inc. Headquarters Moving To Oakland, Rehabbing Downtown Building
Oakland North
ast June, Girls Inc. of Alameda County purchased the five-story building as the site for its new headquarters. Located a few blocks from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland, the 34,000 square foot structure will include staff and administrative offices, a mental health clinic, fitness center, teaching kitchen, and other amenities for the 145 teenage girls who are served by the organization.
Jennifer LeBarre Makes Sure That Oakland Students Get A Healthy Lunch
Oakland North
Feeding more than 30,000 students a day is no easy feat--just ask Jennifer LeBarre, the director of nutrition services for the Oakland Unified School District.
After Oakland Hills Fire, Residents Build Off-the-wall Homes
On October 20, 1991, the hills above North Oakland and South Berkeley were prey to a three-day urban fire that destroyed over 3,500 homes and instigated a building revolution that permanently transformed the neighborhood for decades to come. Before the fire, the hillside was littered with small, older homes, some dating as far back as the 1920s and 1930s. But after the fire, the Oakland hills neighborhoods drastically transformed into a community of clashing architectural styles, innovative designs, and large, looming structures.
Skateboard Shop Moves Out of Old Hooper's Building
In early 2011,Worth signed a lease to rent the long-vacant Hooper’s Chocolate Shop on Telegraph Avenue in North Oakland. It had everything he was looking for: a great location, tons of space, and a unique interior. But despite his best efforts, the store was plagued with financial difficulties.
Oakland Biking Group: Fix Without Dix
Alley cat races are more informal, less competitive and have fewer rules than most organized bicycle races. Instead of conventional race numbers, riders are given a laminated “spoke card” to wedge between the spokes of their back tire. The design on the spoke cards differs with each race and many cyclists keep their old spoke cards in their wheels as a sign of their physical prowess.
6 Things I Learned from Sleep Away Camp
Sleep away camp is like high school, only it happens sooner and is more visceral in nature. Instead of worrying about where you sit at lunchtime, you must worry about which cabin you have been assigned. In other words, it’s not who you eat with, but who you sleep with that determines whether or not you are cool.
Yoga for the Not-So-Young
Whole Life Times magazine
It’s no secret that humans develop aches and pains in the normal course of spending time on the planet, but while many people pooh-pooh it and carry on, something as simple as yoga can have a big impact on alleviating these changes.
Designer Drugs Masked as Bath Salts
The Honolulu Weekly
The half-gram bottle of bath salts promises an “invigorating” and “energizing” experience. But the new designer drug, called MDPV (or “legal cocaine”) is sending an alarming number of curious teenagers and seasoned drug users to emergency rooms and mental hospitals throughout the country, according to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the poison control center for Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Nevada. It reports that two weeks ago it had only three calls relating to bath salts across all five states. As of Feb. 16, however, that number had jumped to 13 calls. The substance, disguised as “bath salts” or “plant food,” contains a toxic chemical called mephedrone and is deceptively marked “not for human consumption.”
Salt Room Therapy on Shifty Ground
The Los Angeles Times
Though advocates of halotherapy point to stories of recovery from respiratory and skin problems, doctors say there's not enough research to back up claims.
Effect of Call-based Counseling Rings True
The Los Angeles Times
Hospitals and clinics have been showing success with therapy by phone. One study even finds it can help cancer patients.