About Us

“Richmond Confidential may be one of the most important newsgathering enterprises in the country right now.”
— Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times (2014)

Richmond Confidential is a hyperlocal news service focusing on the city of Richmond, California. Based at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Richmond Confidential functions as a live news lab, with graduate students reporting for, and about, the citizens of Richmond.

Founded in 2009 through a significant seed grant from the Ford Foundation, the site is the only of its kind servicing this diverse and populous section of the San Francisco Bay Area.

We strive to tell the critical, the interesting, and the amusing stories that are abundant in this town. But, we are always learning. We rely on you, our readers, to help us tell the stories that are important to you. Please let us know both when we get it right, and when we get it wrong.

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LA Times
How Chevron swamps a small city with campaign money and bogus news

Bill Moyers
Facing Down corporate Election Greed

The Guardian
Chevron’s one-man newsroom defends his work: ‘They consider me Voldemort’

California Magazine
Refining in Richmond: UC Berkeley J-School Reporters Surpass Chevron “News” Site

San Jose Mercury News investigative piece
Chevron-funded campaign attacks Richmond mayor’s travel, ignores own candidate’s more frequent absences

KQED
$3 Million in Chevron’s Political Committee War Chest

East Bay Express
Chevron Backs Away from Troubled Candidate

Bay Area News Group papers
Richmond: Vermont Congressman Sanders to speak at city political rally

Chevron unleashes campaign spending to influence Richmond election

Richmond police chief visits Ferguson in the wake of unrest

Richmond Mechanics bank to be sold to private equity firm

Richmond to spend $15,000 on mailers for sales tax measure

Our reporter Harriet Rowan sitting in the studio with Bill Moyers and Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. November, 2014.