Russell Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, near the office of Chinese for Affirmative Action in San Francisco Chinatown on May 7, 2021. Jeung is an Asian American Studies professor at San Francisco State University. Photo by Harika Maddala

Inside the California organization tracking anti-Asian hate incidents

Stop AAPI Hate, a California-based coalition, has recorded nearly 7,000 hate incidents involving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s become a key source of information for the media and for advocates looking to stop the surge of racist attacks.

Marie Manipud holding her COVID-19 vaccination card at Lindbergh Neighborhood Park on May 4, 2021. UC San Diego students are able to attend an in-person graduation this year with a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination. Photo by Arlene Banuelos for CalMatters.

First-generation college students push for in-person commencements

Lea este artículo en español.  Marie Manipud didn’t expect that her college graduation would be much of an event.  The UC San Diego public health major had immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines at 14, becoming the first in her family to navigate the American education system. As a first generation college student, she saw […]

Watch: Students, college leaders debate the future of campus policing

The chair of the University of California board of regents said Wednesday he’s open to considering dramatic cuts in the number of armed, sworn police officers across the university system.   The comments by Regent John Pérez came during a panel on the future of campus policing co-hosted by CalMatters and KQED, in which the UC […]

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Madeleine Beck, Sacramento State (audience development) Madeleine Beck is the managing editor at The State Hornet, Sacramento State’s student-run publication. Her coverage is focused around campus policy and higher education. In her free time, she loves to roller skate with her sister and learn to cook different vegan recipes.

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Kayleen Carter, Sacramento State: Kayleen Carter is a junior at Sacramento State currently studying political science and journalism. She previously worked for the State Hornet where she reported on diversity and identity. She is particularly interested in housing inequality, politics, and LGBTQ issues.

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Julianna Domingo, UC San Diego: Julianna Domingo is a fourth-year student at UC San Diego, where she reports on the climate crisis and student activism for The Triton. She is particularly interested in exploring Asian American politics and identity.

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Hannah Getahun, Long Beach State: Hannah Getahun is a Santa Ana-based journalist studying at CSU Long Beach. She covers everything from education to the environment and formerly worked as an editor at the Daily Forty-Niner.

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Emma Hall, Diablo Valley College: Emma Hall is a student journalist attending Diablo Valley College. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief for The DVC Inquirer focusing on race, equity, and social justice. Hall is now a staff writer with The Advocate at Contra Costa College.

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Shehreen Karim, Pierce College: Shehreen Karim is the News Editor of the Roundup News, Pierce College’s student-run paper in Woodland Hills, CA. She reports on the intersection of campus issues and is interested in telling stories about the lives of underrepresented minorities in America.

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Thomas Mangloña, Stanford University: Thomas Mangloña is a current graduate student in Journalism at Stanford University and is a Gates Millenium Scholar and Harry S. Truman Scholar. They are an Indigenous Chamorro from Rota in the Northern Mariana Islands and a graduate of UC Berkeley.

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Marisa Martinez, Cal State LA: Marisa Martinez is a senior at California State University, Los Angeles where she works as the station manager at Golden Eagle Radio and as the digital editor of the University Times. She reports on education, homelessness and student governance. She was previously the editor-in-chief of the University Times and Santa Monica College’s The Corsair.

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Felicia Mello, Editor: Felicia Mello has covered higher education for CalMatters since 2018, focusing on affordability, equity and innovation. A UC Berkeley graduate, she was a finalist for the Education Writers Association’s beat reporting prize in 2018.

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Julian Mendoza, Chico State Julian Mendoza is the multimedia and podcast editor at The Orion, Chico State’s independent newspaper. He mainly covers breaking news and has a passion for investigative journalism and holding authorities accountable.

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Angie Orellana Hernandez, University of Southern California: Angie Orellana Hernandez is a junior studying journalism and Spanish at USC. She is the Diversity and Inclusion Director at the Daily Trojan and the USC News Editor at Annenberg Media. She is interested in writing about the first-generation college student experience, affordability and accessibility, and, on occasion, loves chatting about the Twilight saga.

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Omar Rashad, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Omar Rashad is a proud community college graduate and a data and investigations reporter at Mustang News, the independent student-run news organization at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He frequently reports on higher education, homelessness and state legislation and is most interested in exploring how those topics intersect with culture and religion.

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Matthew Reagan, Occidental College: Matthew Reagan is the former Editor-in-Chief and current Community News editor at The Occidental, Occidental College’s independent student newspaper since 1893. He covers general campus news along with local neighborhoods, politics and transportation in Northeast Los Angeles.

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Janelle Salanga, UC Davis: Janelle Salanga (she/they) is a senior at UC Davis majoring in science & technology studies & hoping to work in community-based, movement journalism after graduation. She is part of the contributor and administrative team for The Objective and was a NPR Next Generation Radio mentee; she has also been the assistant campus news editor and a reporter at the campus paper, The California Aggie. When not reporting, Janelle can be found curating Spotify playlists, watching New Girl and being painfully, publicly vulnerable via their newsletter or Twitter.

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Katherine Swartz, UC Santa Barbara Katherine Swartz is a third-year student at UC Santa Barbara and the University News Editor of The Daily Nexus student newspaper. She reports on statewide higher education, politics, and policing.

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Felicia Mello edits CalMatters' College Journalism Network, a collaboration with student journalists across California to cover higher education from the ground up. Her reporting on affordability, equity...