Julia Baum

For almost five years Julia has reported on politics and government, covering Sacramento, San Jose and the East Bay. Born and raised near the state Capitol, Julia took an interest in investigative journalism and hard news early in her career, writing op-eds, participating in special district audits and learning the ropes of the legislative process while still in college. Julia soon advanced to covering rate increases at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and city council meetings in Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights before moving in 2015 to the Bay Area.

Julia consistently broke stories as a general assignment reporter for Bay Area News Group, where she covered elections, housing, homelessness, development, transportation, education and more throughout San Jose. Her coverage of the Robert Farmer court case made international headlines, and she also discovered illegal marijuana dispensaries in San Jose and the County of Santa Clara building solar panels on a documented Native American burial site without proper clearance.

As a freelance correspondent for BBC News, Julia has reported on gun control, marijuana legalization and the 2018 California wildfires. She also has covered the cannabis industry for Metro News, where some of her political coverage has appeared before. Julia is a graduate of California State University Sacramento, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Journalism, and is excited to bring her outsider’s perspective once more to San Jose political news coverage.

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