Local news is vital to the health and resiliency of any community, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Local News Matters is an effort to enhance community coverage of the region so that the people, places and topics that deserve more attention get it.

What’s Happening around the Bay Area Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019:
San Jose Fire Department will hold a Women’s Boot Camp on Saturday for women interested in becoming firefighters.
The “End Child Poverty” statewide bus tour cruises into to the Bay Area this weekend with stops in Salinas and Oakland.
The 108th annual Bay to Breakers will race through San Francisco Sunday.

Bay Area News

Check here every day for local news that matters or sign up for our weekly newsletter. We publish stories about the communities where you live, work and play, supported by readers like you through Bay City News Foundation.

California Currents

Stories about education, the economy, demographics, politics, health care, the environment and immigration in the state often impact the Bay Area. You can find stories about relevant California news here.

Talkers

Some articles, written by experts, researchers and those with experience in their fields, have important perspectives to share. We highlight some of those commentary pieces here.

Data Points

Numbers and facts provide the context, the backdrop, the starting point for what defines us as a region. These Data Points give you visual insights about the issues, trends and population shifts of the Bay Area.

Remember When

The history of the Bay Area is full of colorful people, impactful events and stories of innovation and change. We highlight some of those defining features as a way to learn about our evolution as a region.

Bay Area Arts & Entertainment

The Bay Area is a hub of artistic expression, attracting artists, writers and musicians from around the globe to live, work and create. We highlight some of the offerings here.

Science and Nature

Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, our communities surround the natural San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and thousands of acres of wetlands. It is a key region for environmental research, news and activism.

First 5

These stories were first published by Education Dive, part of a series about First 5 — a tobacco tax initiative in California passed by voters 20 years ago to fund services for young children, from birth to kindergarten age. The series is supported by a University of Southern California 2018 Center for Health Journalism fellowship.

Amplifying Voices

These stories were produced and published as part of a project supported by Solutions Journalism Network. We reported on ways to engage voters and increase participation in the midterm elections Nov. 6, 2018.

Pactio Project

Incubated at Stanford University, Pactio reinvents the way local journalism is created by bringing together readers and journalists to discover and fund the stories they need and want to know about their community.