Our Mission

San José Spotlight is the city’s first nonprofit news organization dedicated to independent political and business reporting. Our mission is to change the face of local journalism by building a community-supported newsroom that ignites civic engagement, educates citizens and strengthens our democracy.

Our community needs another voice, an alternate source for high-quality, independent local news. Our stories will search for truth, shed light on wrongdoing and hold the powerful accountable. We are the community’s newsroom and we’re powered by your support and donations.

San José Spotlight is a project of the San José News Bureau, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization | Tax ID: 82-5355128. San José Spotlight is fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofit News | Tax ID: 27-2614911. All donations are tax deductible.

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Our Team

From left to right: Victoria Kezra, Josh Barousse, Aliyah Mohammed, Ramona Giwargis, Grace Hase, Julia Baum

Editorial Independence Policy

We adhere to the editorial independence policy adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

San José Spotlight relies on donations and memberships to power our nonprofit newsroom, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. Donors and sponsors have no influence over our content. Donors have no involvement in news decisions and we do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

News judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Your trust is the cornerstone of San José Spotlight’s success. We’ll always maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

Donor Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. That’s why we disclose every penny donated to San José Spotlight.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to support our work. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our Board of Directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

San José Spotlight DonorsAmount
Santa Clara Valley Water District $16000
Pat Waite $5000
Jackson and Main $5000
Jenny Wolfes (event sponsor) $5000
Ron Gonzales and Guisselle Nunez (event sponsor) $4810
Marquis Advisory Group $3000
Rich Robinson $2500
Norm Kline $2500
Rick Callender $2500
McManis Faulkner $2500
David E. Cohen $2500
Nicole and Sean Morley $2500
Voler Strategic Advisors $2500
Gary Kremen $2000
Ted Smith and Amanda Hawes $1800
Kaiser Permanente $1200
Erik Schoennauer $1000
Terry Christensen $1000
UA Local 393 $1000
Harmeet Dhillon $1000
Al and Carmen Castellano $1000
Ash and Bianca Pirayou $1000
LIUNA Local 270 $1000
Sam Singer $1000
Geoff and Andrea Ralston $1000
Patricia Gardner $550
David and Elisa Ginsborg $550
Meri Maben $500
Rich De La Rosa $500
Bob Staedler $500
Leslye Corsiglia $500
Robert Handa $500
Teresa Alvarado $300
Ruth Silver Taube $275
Dave and Pattie Cortese $250
Doug Greven $250
Ray Bramson $225
Tara Sreekrishnan $200
Xavier Campos $200
Otto Lee $200
Steve Borkenhagen $200
Joe Head $200
Jodi Nunes $200
Derecka Mehrens $180
Wendy Ho $150
Dianna Zamora-Marroquin $150
Kevin Zwick $150
Diane Ritchie $150
Sheril Woodburn $140
Carol Stephensen $125
Susan Frank $125
Chris Roth $120
Jon Graff $120
Jorge Vittes $120
Alan Hase $120
Victor Gomez $100
Jerry Strangis $100
Ben Field $100
Gabriel Montes $100
Michele Hatfield $100
Jesus Flores $100
John Mukhar $100
Megan Roehl $100
Susan Frank $100
Allison Brunner $100
Patrick Heisinger $100
Rich Tran $100
Don Rocha $100
Mickey Mericle $100
Michele Lew $100
Mary Gloner $100
CEMA $100
David & Karen Martin-Keller $100
Michael Mulcahy $100
Jason Shueh $100
Steve Aponte $100
Michelle Rindels $100
Anna Marie Cruz $100
Armando Gomez $100
Catherine Matsuyo Tomkinson $100
Nuria Fernandez $100
Geoff Morgan $100
Angel Islas $100
Rogelio Ruiz $100
Carol Garvey $85
Roseanne Compitello $75
Gloria Chacon $75
Catherine Crystal Foster $75
Jeffrey Buchanan $75
Leslie Rodriguez $70
Janice Bitters $70
Paul Escobar $70
Chelsey Cartwright $60
Olivier Mange $60
Amy Feldman $60
Don Albert $50
Louise Auerhahn $50
Jeremy Barousse $50
Kristen Clements $50
Bob Brownstein $50
Beth Leary $50
Shane Patrick Connolly $50
Pattie Cortese $50
Larry Gerston $50
Lydia Guel de Bustamante $50
J. Manuel Herrera $50
Helen Chapman $50
Tim Kawikami $50
Hanh Mo $50
Guisselle Nunez $50
Angelica Ramos $50
Brendan Rawson $50
Erlinda Reyes $50
Vince Rocha $50
David Urhausen $50
Heather Zimmerman $50
Maria Fuentes $50
Kelly Snider $50
David Tran $50
Ellen Pulskamp Turner $50
Nicole Fernandez $50
Jeanette Lee $50
Jodi Nunes $50
Ken Heredia $50
Eleanor Pett $50
Denise Belisle $50
Gabriela Banks $50
Patrick Chung $50
Andrew Alfaro $50
Alice Kaufman $50
Andrea Perry $50
Kent Greathouse $50
Brian Wheatley $50
Seth Cole $50
Barbara Goldstein $50
Kaia Eakin $50
Norma Callender $50
Long Nguyen $50
Karen Schuler $50
Patrick Goddi $50
Denise Herrera $50
Jim Frizell $50
Jeffrey Levin $50
Ray Mueller $46
Shaunn Cartwright $45
Terry Reilly $45
Chava Bustamante $40
Jerry Wilburn $35
Mayra Flores de Marcotte $35
Sam Ho $35
Milan Balinton $35
Mario Lopez $35
Matthew Wilson $35
Ky Le-Nguyen $35
Gail Osmer $35
Lizzie Nolan $30
Rich Brashears $25
Michael Casas $25
Lisa Chung $25
Richard Crowley $25
Kiet Do $25
Steve Kline $25
Scot Griffin $25
Mary Anne Groen $25
Stacey Hendler-Ross $25
Chad Johnston $25
Kieran Kelly $25
Alex Shoor $25
Huascar Castro $25
Patrick Falzer $25
Beth Willon $25
Anh Nguyen $25
Sean Kaldor $25
Carlos Barrientos $25
Alice Kaufman $25
Elisa Koff-Ginsborg $25
Lara McCabe $25
Michael Melillo $25
Adriano Naderi $25
Pierluigi Oliverio $25
Christian Ollano $25
Frank Ponciano $25
Caleb Prewitt $25
A’Dreana Quevedo $25
Robert Reese $25
Rosa Reyes $25
Daniel Reyes $25
Judy Rickard $25
Robert Stromberg $25
Eddie Truong $25
Gill Villagran $25
Brian Wheatley $25
Justin Lardinois $25
Mitchell Mankin $25
Anne Sherman $25
James Reber $25
Barbara Gould $25
Edesa Bitbadal $25
Julia Baum $25
David Vossbrink $25
Sergio Lopez $25
Minh Pham $25
Grace-Sonia Melanio $25
Riley Snyder $25
Meghin Delaney $25
Gabby Chavez-Lopez $25
David Cohen $20
Brian Haberly $20
Judy Burt $20
Carla Marinucci $20
Alys Milner $20
Miguel Santiago $20
Gabe Carhart $20
Lauren Puckett $20
Vera Sloan $20
Bruce Pickett $20
Glen Shaffer $20
Matt Steitz $20
Scott McMichael $20
Maggie Graves $20
Sue Cross $10
Vivek Kollipara $10
Mary Greenwood $10
Amy Brown $10
Judy Pipkin $10
Victoria Kezra $5
Jeremiah Haze $5
Lisa Chung $5
Brian Consiglio $5

San José Spotlight MemberAmount
Editor's Circle
Christopher Thompson $100
Dan and Cheryl Connolly $100
Fourth Estate Club
Vijay Sammeta $50
The Worker Agency $50
Leslye Corsiglia $50
Sergio Jimenez $50
Zach Pallin $50
Mary Greenwood $50
Guardians of Truth Club
Lydia & Noe Bustamante $20
Jean Cohen $20
Andrae Wara-Macapinlac $20
Leslie Rodriguez $20
Rich Tran $20
Heather Zimmerman $20
Michael Melillo $20
Ash Kalra $20
Kathleen Thomas $20
Derecka Mehrens $15
Free Speech Club
Roland Li $10
Carol Garvey $10
Patrick Ahrens $10
Jamie Fearer $10
Adour Adrouny $10
Jim Griffith $10
Lauren Urhausen $10
Betsy Hammer Carr $10
Richard Crowley $10
Frank Biehl $10
Jennifer Loving $10
James Anthony $10
Michael Melillo $10
Steve Anderson $10
Marsha Grilli $10
Victoria Ramirez $10
Maria Fuentes $10
Victor Gomez $10
Terry Christensen $10
Chris Roth $10
Huy Tran $10
Steve Anderson $10
Ashur Attanous $10
Frank Ponciano $10
Kaia Eakin $10
Susan Frank $10
Leslye Corsiglia $10
Sergio Jimenez $10
Jeremy Barousse $10
Diane Doolittle $10
Joel Corona $10
Vicky Mattson $10
Kathleen Thomas $10
Sandra Bendorf $10
Jaye Bailey $10
Stacy Owen $10
Mimi Hernandez $10
Dan Chapman $10
Michael Melillo $10
Blanca Alvarado $10
Dev Davis $10
Silvia Mahan $10
Rose Amador-Le Beau $10
Jorge Escobar $10
Long Nguyen $10
Kyra Kyzantzis $10
Edwin Tan $10
Maria Ohollearn $10
Steven Ellenberg $10
Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez $10
Mayra de Flores de Marcotte $10
Elizabeth Monley $10
Steve Kline $10
Shirley Lee $10
Megan Fluke $10
Betsy Hammer Carr $10
Josue Garcia $10
Carol Stephensen $10
Ray Bramson $10
Leila McCabe $10
Michael Casas $10
Chris Funk $10
Ian Cruelidad $10
Matt Quevedo $10
Judy Rickard $10
Janine Zacharia $10
Patricia Gardner $10
Diane Doolittle $10
Patrick McGarrity $10
Steve Preminger $10
Anna Marie Cruz $10
Matt Savage $10
Jesus Flores $10
Anne Wilson $10
Erin Salter $10
Koumban Boesch $10
Miguel Santiago $10
Kris Karnos $10
Amy Neymyr $10
Sparky Harlan $10
Marilyn Leonard $10
Chuck Stevens $10
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority $10
Phillip Gonzales $10
Clark Williams $10
Christopher Corpuz $10
Brian Haberly $10
Lawrence Lui $10
Matt King $9
Valley of the Heart’s Delight Club
Janice Bitters $5
James Reber $5
Henry Millstein $5
Steve Anderson $5
Sal Alvarez $5
Johnny Khamis $5
Ken Stark $5
Larry Gerston $5
Jeff Larivee $5
James Carter $5
Sandy Jacobs-Tolle $5
Bruce Pickett $5
K. Likens $5
Paul Southworth $5
Allison Bridger $5
Frank Monachello $5
Sandra Dilling $5
Adriana Farkouh $5
Amy Wright $5
Erin O'Dougherty $5
Susan Price-Jang $5
Catherine Williams $5
Annette Boyer $5
Ron Echeverri $5
Ed Rast $5
Lynda Ramirez Jones $5
Steve Eckhert $5
Cassandra Kamuchey $5

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