Byrhonda Lyons filming at the Open California rally in Sacramento on May 1, 2020. People gathered at the California State Capital building, protesting Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders during the height of the global coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters
Byrhonda Lyons filming at the Open California rally in Sacramento on May 1, 2020. People gathered at the California State Capital building, protesting Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders during the height of the global coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

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Publisher’s Circle

We offer special thanks to our Publisher’s Circle members. These contributors have supported CalMatters with gifts or grants of $10,000 or more in the past year.

  • 11th Hour Project
  • AKT Communities Fund
  • Alicia and Philip Hammarskjold 
  • Allan and Terry Thygesen 
  • Amy Rao* 
  • Ann and John Doerr* 
  • Anne Bakar 
  • Anthony Bernhardt and Lynn Feintech* 
  • Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe
  • Baker Street Foundation
  • Battery Powered
  • Becky Morgan 
  • Beth and Russell Siegelman 
  • Bill Younger 
  • Blue Shield of CA Foundation
  • California Endowment
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • Chalkbeat
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Chris and Michael Boskin* 
  • Chris Redlich 
  • Christina Kenrick 
  • Cohn Family Fund
  • College Futures Foundation
  • David Singer 
  • Diana Walsh and John Kent Walker 
  • Doris, John and Donald Fisher* 
  • Edison International
  • Eileen Donahoe 
  • Elaine and Eric Hahn
  • Emerson Collective*
  • FThree Foundation
  • Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation
  • Gene Sykes 
  • Gina Maya and Richard Capelouto 
  • Greg and Anne Avis* 
  • Gruber Family Foundation
  • Harrington Family Foundation
  • Hellman Foundation
  • Hema Sareen Mohan 
  • Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • James Scopa and Anne Kenner* 
  • Janie Lorber 
  • Jan McAdoo 
  • Jeffrey and Christina Bird* 
  • Jesse and Mindy Rogers 
  • Jim Heerwagen and Hilary Schneider 
  • John Boland and James Carroll 
  • John Dawson 
  • Judy Koch 
  • Kenneth and Jackie Broad 
  • Kerfuffle Foundation
  • Koret Foundation
  • Laura and Gary Lauder 
  • Leif Wellington Haase 
  • Len and Mary Anne Baker* 
  • Marcia Pade 
  • Mark and Mary Stevens
  • Mary Speiser* 
  • Matt and Janice Barger 
  • Michelle K. Mercer and Bruce Golden 
  • Nancy and Gregory Serrurier* 
  • Paul, Silvia and Barbara Edwards* 
  • Paula Rantz 
  • R.B. “Buzz” Woolley, Jr* 
  • Rachael Bowman
  • Rick and Carol Tinsley 
  • Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation
  • Runyon Saltzman, Inc.
  • Sadler Strategic Media, Inc
  • Sand Hill Foundation*
  • Scott Powell 
  • Selina Lo 
  • Shawn and Brook Byers 
  • Signe Ostby and Scott D. Cook 
  • Simone Otus Coxe*
  • Southern California Gas
  • Southern California Public Radio
  • Spectrum – Charter Communications
  • Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships
  • Swati Mylavarapu and Matt Rogers 
  • Tad and Dianne Taube 
  • The Enlight Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The John Pritzker Family Fund
  • The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • The Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson* 
  • Tom and Barbara Stephenson* 
  • Tony Ridder* 
  • West Coast Advisors

 * Annual support at Publisher’s Circle level since our founding.

$1 Million and Above
  • Kerfuffle Foundation
  • Simone Otus Coxe and Tench Coxe
  • College Futures Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Emerson Collective
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • Ann and John Doerr 
  • Blue Shield of California Foundation
$500,000 to $999,999
  • 11th Hour Project
  • The Enlight Foundation
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • Hellman Foundation
  • R.B. “Buzz” Woolley, Jr 
$100,000 to $499,999
  • Knight Foundation
  • Arnold Ventures
  • Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson 
  • California Wellness Foundation
  • California Community Foundation
  • Len and Mary Anne Baker 
  • Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
  • FThree Foundation
  • Doris, John and Donald Fisher 
  • Battery Powered
  • Amy Rao 
  • Facebook
  • Nancy and Gregory Serrurier 
  • S.D Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Laura and Gary Lauder 
  • Becky Morgan 
  • Report for America
  • Eileen Donahoe 
  • Helen and Chuck Schwab 
  • AKT Communities Fund
  • Carla and David Crane 
  • Chris Redlich 
  • Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe
  • Thomas and Gabrielle Layton 
  • Cynthia & John Gunn 
  • Southern California Public Radio
  • Goldhirsh Foundation
  • Julia Argyros 
  • Paul and Nicole Ricci 
  • Sakurako and William Fisher 
  • Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Baker Street Foundation
$50,000 to $99,999
  • Andy and Ann Mathieson 
  • Chalkbeat
  • Chris and Michael Boskin 
  • Jeffrey and Christina Bird 
  • Paul and Silvia Edwards 
  • Greg and Anne Avis 
  • Kenneth and Jackie Broad 
  • Tony Ridder 
  • Mary Speiser 
  • First 5 LA
  • Tom and Barbara Stephenson 
  • Sand Hill Foundation
  • Anthony Bernhardt and Lynn Feintech 
  • Rick and Carol Tinsley 
  • Sadler Strategic Media, Inc
  • John Dawson 
  • James Scopa and Anne Kenner 
  • Hema Sareen Mohan 
  • Steve Silberstein 
  • Paula Rantz 
  • Signe Ostby and Scott D. Cook 
  • Michael, Sam and Ann Ginn 
  • Lenny and Christine Mendonca 
  • CalStart
  • Tad and Dianne Taube 
  • Jim Heerwagen and Hilary Schneider 
  • Koret Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation Foundation
  • USC Schwarzenegger Institute For State and Global Policy
$10,000 to $49,999
  • Caldera Foundation
  • Melissa and Scott Kepner 
  • Southern California Gas
  • Alicia and Philip Hammarskjold 
  • Allan and Terry Thygesen 
  • Matt and Janice Barger 
  • Mauree Jane and Mark Perry 
  • Jesse and Mindy Rogers 
  • Selina Lo 
  • The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Bay Area News Group
  • Leif Wellington Haase 
  • Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation
  • The Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Jan and Larry Birenbaum 
  • Condoleezza Rice 
  • Bill Younger 
  • The John Pritzker Family Fund
  • Gregory Favre 
  • Marian Kremer and Kris Hagerman 
  • David Singer 
  • Elizabeth Morgenthaler 
  • Stutzman Public Affairs
  • Nanci and Gary Fredkin 
  • Mick and Sabrina Hellman 
  • Jane and Thomas Sudberry 
  • Heidi and David Welch 
  • Renaissance Journalism
  • Spectrum – Charter Communications
  • Westly Foundation
  • Diana Walsh and John Kent Walker 
  • Maureen Blanc 
  • Edison International
  • West Coast Advisors
  • Richard Riordan 
  • California Endowment
  • Howard and Barbara Wollner 
  • Christina Kenrick 
  • University of Colorado Boulder – The Water Desk
  • Beth and Russell Siegelman 
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Michelle K. Mercer and Bruce Golden 
  • Paul Haaga 
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation
  • Elaine and Eric Hahn 
  • Anne Bakar 
  • Patch Media
  • Randle Communications, LLC
  • Gina Maya and Richard Capelouto 
  • Kathy and Tom Wiggans 
  • John Boland and James Carroll 
  • Jan McAdoo 
  • Gerald Parsky
  • Tom and Janet Unterman 
  • Mark and Mary Stevens
  • Patricia House 
  • Harrington Family Foundation
  • Gruber Family Foundation
  • Stuart Foundation
  • Janie Lorber 
  • Susan and Craig McCaw 
  • Leo and Lee Wolinsky 
  • Elyssa and Gil Elbaz 
  • Perry Communications Group
  • Chris Hordan 
  • Richard Landers 
  • Richard and Virginia “Ginny” Strock 
  • Lucas Public Affairs
  • Judy Koch 
  • Google News Initiative
  • KP Public Affairs
  • Karen Gilhuly 
  • Orr Family Foundation
  • Marcia Parker and Robert Porterfield 
  • Paul and Susan Matteucci 
  • University of the Pacific
  • Paschal Roth Public Affairs
  • Amir and Nicole Rubin 
  • George and Kristina Phipps 
  • David and Robin Sweet 
  • Bill Unger 
  • Richard Klau 
  • Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships
  • Matthew Paige 
  • FSB Public Affairs, Core Strategic Group
  • Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer 
  • Runyon Saltzman, Inc.
  • Jeff and Karyn Klein 
  • Mas Masumoto 
  • Linda Gruber 
  • George and Charlotte Shultz 
  • Kat Taylor 
  • Carol and Michael Marks 
  • News Revenue Hub
  • The McGraw Center for Business Reporting, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Foundation
  • Sandra Thompson 
  • Marcia Pade 
  • Swati Mylavarapu and Matt Rogers 
  • Nion McEvoy 
  • Sutter Health
  • Shawn and Brook Byers 
  • Cohn Family Fund
  • Susan Hyatt 
  • Scott Powell 
  • Gene Sykes 
  • Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • Chuck and Christine Michaels
  • Rachael Bowman
  • Brenda Jewett
  • Michael Brownrigg
$1,000 to $9,999
  • Allen Strategic
  • Greg and Judi Stefflre
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Brenda Jewett
  • John O’Farrell and Gloria Principe
  • Bicker, Castillo, Fairbanks
  • Pisces Foundation
  • California CASA Association
  • Jennifer Dees and Neil Chase
  • GP Generate
  • Fran Codispoti
  • Tracy and Daniel Kraft
  • Dan Garber and Catharine Fergus Garber
  • John Buoymaster
  • Eric and Donna Colson
  • Donna Lucas
  • Frank Baxter
  • Victoria Thorp and Jim Migdal
  • Connie and Bob Lurie
  • Blueprint Interactive
  • Sara & Sohaib Abbasi
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Michelle Swenson
  • Toby and Sally Rosenblatt
  • Julie Cates
  • Stephanie and Nick Osborne
  • David Lesher and Laura-Lynne Powell
  • Dawn Brewer
  • Joe Silverman
  • Brian Jaffe
  • Bill Mattos
  • Mahmut Otus
  • Maria Amundson
  • Leslie Tidwell
  • Doug and Kristen Edwards
  • Fiona Hutton & Associates
  • Shleby Eidson
  • Glen and Angela Charles
  • Jennie Savage
  • ACLU California Action
  • California Water Service Group
  • ReviveHealth
  • National Resources Defense Council Action Fund
  • Michelson Center for Public Policy
  • Gleeson Digital Strategies
  • Vectis Strategies
  • ALZA Strategies
  • RES Publica Group
  • Janet Clayton
  • Ellis Jones
  • National Multifamily Housing Council
  • Fred St. Goar
  • Solutions Journalism Network
  • California Biotechnology Foundation
  • The WKF Giving Fund
  • Lisa Stone Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP
  • Simpson Scarborough
  • Rubin Postaer and Associates – RPA Agency
  • Joan Bieder
  • Mara and Rick Wallace
  • John and Bonnie Dewitt
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Quinn Delaney
  • Amy McCourt
  • Schwab Charitable Foundation
  • Kathryn Hallsten
  • Doris Walters
  • John Burns
  • Karen Grove
  • D’Arcy and Dana Mead
  • Jeff Goshay
  • Allen Morgan and Patti McClung
  • Doug Ose
  • Judy Lin and Robert Frickey
  • Ned and Carol Spieker
  • State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
  • California Emerging Technology Fund
  • Ryan Lester
  • Stephanie Lee
  • Scott Dettmer
  • California School Boards Association
  • Carol Mayer Marshall
  • James and Nancy Hoak
  • Christopher Wrather
  • California Building Industry Association
  • Bully Pulpit Interactive
  • VSP Global Corporate Communications
  • Gautam Agrawal
  • Karen Alden
  • John and Linda Taylor
  • Kim Jones Ray and Chris Ray
  • Kurt and Sue Jaggers
  • Jim and Patricia White
  • William and Cindy Simon
  • Pam Jones and Steve Herskovitz
  • Mary McGovern and Peter Jensen
  • Lee Cooper
  • Deborah and Alex Fitz
  • Marie Vought
  • Pacific Environment
  • Elizabeth Betsy Morgenthaler
  • Renee Courington and David Beaver
  • NewsBreak
  • Thomas Sadler
  • Barbara and Michel Zelnick
  • Myn and Terry Demmon
  • Ranjan Duara
  • Beryl Golden
  • Susan Schwartz
  • Randy and Lori Livingston
  • Randi and Bob Fisher
  • Terri Lobdell and William Johnson
  • Susie and J. Patterson McBaine
  • David Malcolm
  • Texas Tribune Revenue Lab
  • Lynne Young
  • Susan Chamberlin
  • Lisa Guerra and Charles Kung
  • Antonio de Cardenas
  • Anne Kelly
  • JD Miller
  • Sofie Vandeputte
  • Paul Rosenstiel and Janis Masaoka
  • Kimberly Young and John Moragne
  • Donald and Michael Remey and Christy Chin
  • Maureen Orth
  • Debbie and Russ Hall
  • Suzanne Shaw
  • Peter Barker
  • Jimmy Boegle
  • Susan McGuire
  • Kristy Wiese
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Fieldstead and Company
  • James “Jim” and Pam Wilson
  • Greg and Sarah Sands
  • Tides Foundation
  • Martin Schwartz
  • Resonate
  • Unearth Campaigns
  • Impower
  • Northern California Water Association
  • Steven Davidoff Solomon
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Matthew Klink
  • Erica Grubb
  • Louis Vismara
  • Kwok Lau and Jon Goulden
  • Russell and Lisa Yee
  • Sarah McCabe and Russell Quong
  • Ralph Frattura and Karen Muldoon
  • Kathryn Nyrop and Stephen Koch
  • Igor Serebryany
  • Marcy Elkind
  • Caroline Choi
  • James Joye
  • Dan Federman
  • Donald Bransford
  • Christopher Bertelli
  • Daniel Sperling
  • Mark Hill
  • Tracy Freedman
  • Carol Whiteley
  • Harry and Vivian Snyder
  • Doug Carlston
  • David Tuzman
  • Joanne Kozberg
  • Natalie Martina
  • Carol and Shelby Bonnie
  • Sue Graham
  • Terry Norbury and Carol Kocivar
  • Delaney Hunter
  • Elli Abdoli
  • Scott Waugh
  • Stephen Mayberg
  • Christy Kamra
  • Jennifer Brokaw
  • Evelyn Anderson
  • Don Perata
  • Robert Lockhart
  • Daniel Becker
  • Kristen Schreder
  • Gayle Jones
  • Valerie Martinez
  • Brian Hildreth
  • Scott Wilson
  • Robert Naylor
  • Richard G. Tullis
  • Leah Cartabruno
  • Steve Fentress
  • Margit Wennmachers
  • Jennifer Hernandez
  • Denis Wheatley
  • Greg Hardy
  • Su-Moon Paik
  • Esther Dornin
  • Barbara Hager
  • Veronique Fourment and Bob Buehl
  • Susan Clark
  • Harold E. and Judith Dittmer
  • Kenneth and Ann Emanuels
  • Paula Mathis
  • Daniel Fay
  • George Montgomery
  • William Courington
  • Venetia Lai
  • Carl Guardino
  • University of the Pacific
  • Sylvia and Ron Roach
  • Sheri Sadler Wolf
  • Katherine Brandenburg
  • Dorothy Fleisher
  • Michelle Mueller
  • Chris and Robert Schumacher
  • Sharon Nieh
  • A. Jean and William Lesher
  • Howard Ahmanson
  • Michael McIntire
  • Helen Miller
  • Bright Funds
  • Erin Boon
  • Kirsten Nelson
  • Renee Grubb
  • Lisa Kleissner
  • Annette Billingsley
  • Michael Gallagher
  • Dane Strother
  • Bob Eisele
  • Betsy Gates
  • California Distributors Association
  • Nancy Mueller
  • Ann O’Leary
  • We Are Rally
  • Dean Florez
  • California Assoc. of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors
  • Girard Foundation
  • Donna Howe
  • Kristen Miro
  • Cory Harris
  • Jill and Christopher Escher
  • Jill and Geoff Parker
  • Lori Hunter
  • Nicole and Andy Sheehan
  • Tim Haley and Ethna McGourty
  • Rhonda and Jody Gessow
  • Peter Weber
  • Claire Spiegel Brian and Brad Brian
  • Doris Conant
  • Kay Woods
  • Shelley and Boota deButts
  • Carole McNeil
  • Bradford and Lauren Koenig
  • J.D. and Terry Long
  • Julie Dillon
  • Leila and Bill Schulz
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Bob Ceremsak
  • Thomas Akin
  • Denise Helfstein
  • Sam Perry
  • Katherine Welch
  • Magnuson & Company
  • KR Sridhar
  • Fraser Preston
  • The Claremont Colleges
  • William Meehleis
  • Tracy Hernandez
  • Jeffrey Levinson
  • Harry and Jacqueline McMahon
  • Terri Luchsinger
  • Katherine and David deWilde
  • Andrea Ball
  • Frederick Hitchcock
  • Courtni Pugh
  • Paulette Brown-Hinds
  • Clifford Cummings
  • David Horowitz
  • Allen Herman
  • Buying Time
  • John Pimentel
  • Stephen Mirabito
  • Edward Wigglesworth
  • Bob Epstein
  • California Beer and Beverage Distributors
  • Richard Lowe
  • Kate Looby
  • Elizabeth and Larry Hill
  • Susan Dutton
  • Lloyd de Llamas
  • TrueThirty
  • Govern for California
  • Linda Grais
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • David Guy
  • Tony Stayner
  • ImpactAssets
  • Lantigua Williams & Co
  • Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust
  • Abbie and Doug Knopper
  • Judd Volino
  • Jack Klemm
  • Vadasz Family Foundation
  • Dennis and Julie Carlson
  • Amanda Peiffer
  • Farah Klein
  • Julia Kazaks
  • Terry and Kathleen Duryea
  • Viktor Leijon
  • James Basile
  • Lopker Family Foundation
  • Doug and Eva Sherman
  • Karole Morgan-Prager
  • Gordon Stitt