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About Us

Welcome to SantaCruzWire. We are a collective of independent journalists based in Santa Cruz, California, and this website offers our stories about the events, trends and people shaping our community.

The three of us have extensive careers in print journalism, including decades covering Santa Cruz and the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas. We have written for and edited newspapers including the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Monterey County Herald, Contra Costa Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. Our prize-winning work has also appeared in the San Francisco Daily Journal, San Jose Post-Record, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, El Observador, Bay Area Parent, Reader’s Digest, and numerous other publications.

The stories that appear on our home page are listed in chronological order, with the most recent posted at the top. For stories arranged by topic, please check out the categories on our menu (top left). For a particular writer’s work, please visit our byline pages, which are listed by name (bottom left).

Some of the stories published here have already run in other publications, those stories are clearly identified and reprinted here with those publications’ permission. The other stories here have been written specially for Santa Cruz Wire. We promise that the stories published on this site will reflect our professional values of fairness, accuracy and independence.

Please respect the fact that we write for a living, and that everything published on this site is copyright protected. If you would like to reprint a story or photo, commission a story, have a story updated or rewritten in a different format, please contact us. We will be happy to work with you.

Santa Cruz is an amazing place, and after decades of living here we still find plenty to captivate, provoke and inspire. We hope you will feel the same about SantaCruzWire.

Santa Cruz Wire Founding Editors

Maria Gaura, Tara Leonard and Peggy Townsend