CalMatters is a nonpartisan and nonprofit news organization bringing Californians stories that probe, explain and explore solutions to quality of life issues while holding our leaders accountable.

We are the only journalism outlet dedicated to covering America’s biggest state, 39 million Californians and the world’s fifth largest economy.

Our mission: Improve California’s democracy by making its government more transparent and accountable and give Californians the information they need to understand and engage with that government.

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Our Story

CalMatters was founded in 2015 to fill the gap left by a shrinking press corps: to empower people to engage on key issues, hold the powerful accountable and create a better California.

We are now the trusted source for information and analysis on complex statewide policies and politics.

Our office is in Sacramento, but our team is spread out across the state. Our diverse team includes more than 40 experienced journalists along with product and revenue professionals.

We reach 1 in 10 people across the state by distributing our work, at no cost, to more than 250 media partners. We have readers and listeners in every major metropolitan area and throughout the state’s nearly 500 cities.

Our team has been recognized and honored with top state, regional and national awards from the National Press Club, the Online News Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Public Media Journalists Association, the Institute for Nonprofit News, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Society of Professional Journalists, Best of the West and California News Publishers.

We’re supported by a diverse and growing group of members, major donors, media, community and family foundations, and institutional supporters. 

Our work has inspired changes across the spectrum of issues we cover including environment, education, public health, public safety, governance, natural disaster response, campaign finance, housing, jobs and more.