Laurel Rosenhall

Laurel covers California politics for CalMatters, with a focus on power and personalities in the statehouse. Her stories explain political dynamics in the Capitol and examine how money, advocacy and relationships shape the decisions that affect Californians. Laurel also hosts the Force Of Law podcast, which follows California's attempt to reduce police shootings. She joined CalMatters in 2015 after more than a dozen years as a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, where she covered state politics and education. Laurel is a native Californian and holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.


The Latest From CalMatters

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I sign informs parents and students Sunol Glen Elementary School is closed during a power outage in Sunol, Calif. on Oct. 10, 2019.

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A federal plan could allow oil exploration at the edge of California's Carrizo Plain National Monument. Photo by Bureau of Land Management via Flickr

Battle lines are drawn over oil drilling in California

A male Chinook salmon returns from the Pacific to spawn. Photo via California Sea Grant/Flickr

California must stop relying on the Endangered Species Act to manage the environment