Editorial Staff

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Kathleen Richards, Editor-in-Chief
Kathleen is the editor-in-chief of the East Bay Express. Previously, she was managing editor of The Stranger in Seattle and co-editor, managing editor, staff writer, and clubs editor of the Express. She was born and raised in Berkeley.

Janelle Bitker, Managing Editor
Janelle edits the arts, culture, food, music, and film sections as managing editor of the Express. Previously, she was the arts and culture editor of the Sacramento News & Review. She grew up in Alameda on a diet of oyster sauce. Follow her on Twitter: @janellebitker.

Darwin BondGraham, Staff Writer
East Oakland
Darwin is an investigative journalist who covers politics, business, real estate, labor, healthcare, housing, and more for the Express. Prior to working as a reporter, Darwin was an academic, earning a Ph.D in sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Azucena Rasilla, Associate Editor
East Oakland
Azucena reports on music, culture, social issues, and her beloved hometown of Oakland. In her spare time, she loves A’s games, concerts, and the occasional Netflix binge. Follow her on Twitter: @Chroniclesofazu.

Beatrice Kilat, Calendar Editor