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The Peninsula Press is a multimedia news site powered by Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism. Student journalists cover local news in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and other cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Check out the Peninsula Press special behind-the-scenes videos from Election Night 2012 and other Breaking News Coverage.

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Current Reporters:

Tre'vell Anderson
Tre’vell R. Anderson is from Charleston, S.C. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He served as the managing editor of The Maroon Tiger, Morehouse’s student newspaper, and was also an editorial intern for Atlanta Magazine. Anderson has contributed to MUSED Magazine Online.


Katie Brigham
Katie Brigham received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford in 2013. She was a photographer and editor for The Stanford Daily and interned as a photographer for The Palo Alto Weekly, and a photographer and multimedia producer for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Benjamin Custer
Benjamin Custer graduated from Texas A&M University – Texarkana with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. While attending A&M, Custer worked as a copy editor and page designer for the Texarkana Gazette. He also served as a sports and feature columnist.


Amanda Demetrio
Amanda Demetrio is from São Paulo, Brazil and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of São Paulo. She has worked as a reporter covering technology issues for Brazilian media outlets including Folha de S. Paulo and TV Globo. More recently, she helped build a media startup called Startupi.


Naomi Elias
Naomi Elias is a Los Angeles native who earned her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. As an undergraduate, she contributed to a global health magazine and hosted a hyperlocal radio program.


Hayley Goldbach
Hayley S. Goldbach is from Boston and received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. After college, she lived in Malawi doing pediatric malnutrition work before starting medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. While in medical school, she spent time in Botswana doing medical research at Princess Marina Hospital and also interned at the World Health Organization South East Asian Regional Office in New Delhi. Goldbach appeared as the roving reporter on NPR’s From the Top, and she is the 2013-2014 Stanford-NBC News Fellow in Media and Global Health.

Lauren Goode
Lauren Goode comes to Stanford by way of New York City, where she was a reporter and digital video producer for media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and A&E Television Networks. She is currently a technology columnist for Re/code. Goode graduated from Clark University in 2003 with a degree in English.


Faine Greenwood
Faine Greenwood is from California and the South, and has spent the past three years working as a journalist and photographer in Southeast Asia and India, with a particular focus on technology’s impact on international development and human rights. She has worked at Cambodia Daily and the GlobalPost and has contributed to TechPresident.com, Travelfish.org, Men’s Journal, the Southeast Asia Globe and other international publications.


Kasia Grobelny graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and a minor in sociology. She began her professional career at AZ Business Magazine and AZNow.biz where she wrote on a variety of topics including business news, health care, sustainability, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and tourism.


Matthew Hansen
Matt Hansen comes to Stanford after writing and editing online publications, marketing campaigns and press freedom causes. Since 2006, he has reported on journalist safety issues for organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists and Global Journalist Security. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in anthropology.


Jessica Haro
Jessica Haro graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She has written for Hispanic Business magazine, Santa Barbara’s Daily Sound newspaper and online-only news source Noozhawk.com.


Sara Hayden
Sara Hayden is from Wyoming and earned her bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and culture from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012.  Hayden has ghostwritten for a New York Times bestselling author, interned and freelanced at The San Francisco Chronicle, produced multimedia at the Northern Colorado Business Report and worked as a news reporter at the Half Moon Bay Review.


Maya Horowitz
Maya Horowitz studied linguistics at the College of William and Mary, where she wrote a weekly column in the Flat Hat. After graduation, Maya covered local news for Connection Newspapers in northern Virginia.


Thomas Johnson
Thomas Johnson grew up in Miami and graduated from Florida International University in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. While at F.I.U., Thomas covered local politics and wrote news features for The Miami Herald and contributed to The Beacon, F.I.U.’s student-newspaper. Thomas currently writes for The Classical as well as the basketball website, nyfwc.com, which he co-created.


Marianne LeVine received bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French from Stanford in June 2013. As an undergraduate, she was a staff writer and news editor for The Stanford Daily. She interned for Citizenside, a French photo-journalism startup and Burson-Marsteller’s Public Affairs Practice in Washington D.C.


Emiliano Vazquez
Emiliano Vazquez is from Sonoma County and studied Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written for Massively.com and Good Times Weekly, and reported special election coverage for The Associated Press.


Vjeran Pavic
Vjeran Pavic is from Zagreb, Croatia and earned his bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Emerson College in Boston. He has written and produced multimedia for his hometown paper and local startups.


Stephanie Wetmore
Stephanie L. Wetmore is from Toronto and studied sociology at UCLA while playing on an NCAA championship tennis team and co-hosting UCLA’s sports cable TV show. After graduation, she attended Georgetown University where she received a master’s degree in sports industry management. She has contributed to Canada’s Metro newspaper.


Managing Editor:

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor

Vignesh Ramachandran (MA ’12) joined as managing editor in September 2013. He graduated from the Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism in 2012 and has worked at NBC News Digital and Mashable. He also has previous media experience at NBC News’ Today Show, Denver’s KUSA-TV, the Scripps Howard News Service, news curator startup Ongo News and High Noon Entertainment’s Food Network Challenge. He is also a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast news journalism.


Faculty Advisors:

R.B. Brenner
Deputy Director, Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism

Geri Migielicz
Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor


Ann Grimes
Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice

James Hamilton
Director, Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism


Janine Zacharia
Carlos Kelley McClatchy Visiting Lecturer

Tom Hayden
Visiting Lecturer


Gary Pomerantz
Visiting Lecturer


Web Design:
Eric Johnson
Drake Martinet
Doug Ray
Thomas Visser
Tariq West


Kathryn Roethel
Co-founder, Former Managing Editor

Kathryn Roethel (MA ’10) graduated from the Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism in 2010. As a student, she co-founded the Peninsula Press and was the site’s managing editor until August 2013. Originally from Prescott, Ariz., Kathryn earned her undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University and worked as a speechwriter for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. She also worked on the communications staff of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was a volunteer wish granter. In addition to her work at Stanford, Kathryn is a weekly contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle’s health and feature sections and has written for U.S. News and World Report.


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