Here is a selection of my work.

Ill Worker Fights Postal Service Over Toxic Mail   (Print & photos)

A Florida postal worker says he became seriously ill after handling a leaking package from Yemen. Story a collaboration between News21 at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

(For more on postal worker Jeff Lill, see his website,

Occupy Berkeley Takes to the Streets   (Print & photos)

Occupy Berkeley’s first march brought about 200 peaceful protesters to the city’s downtown. Story won second place SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for Region 11.

Track This (Litigation) Vehicle: ArrivalStar Has Filed More Than 100 Patent Lawsuits   (Print)

ArrivalStar, a patent-holding company, files lawsuits against companies big — like Chrysler and Nissan — and small over vehicle tracking systems.

Berkeley Rose Garden Needs a Little Help From its Friends   (Print & photos)

A local landmark needs more than $4 million in improvement and restoration work.

UC Berkeley Reacts to Tuition Increase   (Video)

Students at UC Berkeley react to news of a 9.6 percent tuition increase, the third tuition hike within two years.

Aliens on 24th Street   (Video)

Laura Campos’ space alien-invasion murals have raised some eyebrows in the Mission District, including her latest at 24th and Cypress.

San Francisco’s Teacher Glut   (Print)

San Francisco teachers’ salaries don’t measure up to instructors’ pay in the rest of the state.

When the Mission Ran With Rebels   (Print)

Leaders of a Mission-based solidarity movement that impacted revolutions in Central America reflect while celebrating a birthday.

City’s Effort to Bridge the Digital Divide with Free Broadband Disappoints Many   (Print)

A much-hailed free internet project for public housing residents in the Mission District is not a roaring success.

NaNoWriMo: The Final Countdown   (Print)

Some National Novel Writing Month participants who wrote in the Mission District succeeded in reaching 50,000 words in just 30 days.

Everybody Looks and Nobody Smiles: A Wheelchair User’s Commute   (Print)

A wheelchair expert demonstrates accessibility issues and improvements on public transportation with his commute across San Francisco.

West of the Wonder Wheel   (Video)

Filmmaker Samara Halperin shot parts of a film, tentatively called “West of the Wonder Wheel,” at Southern Exposure gallery — with help from kids.

Bike Valets — the Latest San Francisco Service Industry   (Print)

Volunteers operate the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s bike parking service, rain or shine.

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© 2014 J.J. Barrow