Note: Over the past several months, California Local has brought you many articles from CalMatters, one of the state’s most trusted sources of news about politics and policy. We congratulate them on their recent General Excellence award in the digital news category from the California News Publishers Association—regarded by many to be the highest honor a journalism organization can achieve. See donate link at the bottom of the article.
CalMatters is celebrating 7 years of keeping Californians informed on vital policy and politics issues.
CalMatters was founded in 2015 to fill the gap left by a shrinking state Capitol press corps: To empower people to engage on key issues, hold the powerful accountable and create a better California.
We are now one of the most trusted sources for information and analysis on complex statewide policies and politics.
Our office is in Sacramento, but our team is spread out across California. Our diverse team includes more than 40 experienced journalists, along with product and revenue professionals.
We reach 1 in 10 people across the state by distributing our work, at no cost, to more than 250 media partners. We have readers and listeners in every major metropolitan area and throughout the state’s nearly 500 cities.
Our team has been recognized and honored with top state, regional and national awards from the National Press Club, the Online News Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Public Media Journalists Association, the Institute for Nonprofit News, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Society of Professional Journalists, Best of the West and California News Publishers.
Our work has inspired changes across the spectrum of issues we cover, including environment, education, public health, public safety, governance, natural disaster response, campaign finance, housing, jobs and more.
We’re supported by a diverse and growing group of members, major donors, media, community and family foundations, and institutional supporters.
And with our anniversary, we are launching a two-week anniversary fundraiser. We are working to raise $50,000 by tax-deductible donations made by readers, subscribers and followers.
CalMatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics.