CALmatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.

Environmental regulation, education, health care, criminal justice, economic inequality – the debates on these issues and others have a profound impact on the lives of 38 million Californians and beyond. Yet, mirroring trends across the country, there has been a significant decline in the number of journalists covering the Capitol in Sacramento. This has meant fewer eyes on decision makers, and a public that feels disconnected from its state government.

Our team of experienced journalists, with the time and resources to dig deep, is committed to meaningfully informing Californians about the players, politics, and interests that shape the issues that affect their lives. Over the coming months, CALmatters will be working to unwrap key issues, while experimenting with the forms our stories take. To ensure we reach many Californians, we work with media organizations throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences.

CALmatters is based in Sacramento, CA. 


We work with media organizations across the state and country to connect our journalism with millions of readers and listeners.  If your organization is interested in joining our efforts to help inform the public debate, contact Pamela Behrsin at pamela@calmatters.org.

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CALmatters seeks contributions representing all points of view and thanks the individuals, foundations and companies that support us. All donors are recognized, and this list is updated regularly. Non-partisanship and editorial independence are fundamental to our mission. These principles are enforced by our editors and board of directors. As part of that effort, donors are required to sign a policy document stating that CALmatters editorial judgements are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

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Ann and John Doerr
Doris Fisher
Sakurako and William Fisher
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Amy Rao
Chris Redlich
Tony Ridder
Nancy and Greg Serrurier
Buzz Woolley
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Ginn Foundation
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Carol and Michael Marks
Susan and Craig McCaw
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Eileen and Gary Morgenthaler
Gerald Parsky
Paula and Michael Rantz
Condoleezza Rice
Sand Hill Foundation
Hilary Schneider and James Heerwagen
Helen and Chuck Schwab
George Shultz
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Barbara and Tom Stephenson
Sudberry Family Foundation
Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture
Tom Unterman
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Kathy and Tom Wiggans
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Fergus Foundation
Fieldstead Foundation
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