We're Oakland Police Beat

Oakland Police Beat is an independent, data-driven investigative journalism project covering the Oakland Police Department. Our mission is to produce high-quality investigative reporting, analysis and data that will empower Oaklanders as they advocate for a police department that’s transparent and accountable. We do this not only by creating news stories, interactive data visualizations, videos and databases, but also by making our data freely available so that others can build off of our work. We are part of Oakland Local/The Center for Media Change and funded by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and The Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Abraham Hyatt

Co-founder, Editor
Abraham is the former managing editor of ReadWrite.com and Oregon Business Magazine, and a reporter at daily and weekly newspapers in California. He has won state and national awards for his reporting, which includes political and governmental investigative journalism. He co-founded Oakland Police Beat with Susan Mernit in 2013.
Phone: 510 985-4042
Email: abraham@oaklandlocal.com
Twitter: @abrahamhyatt

Susan Mernit

Co-founder, Oakland Local Executive Director and Editor/Publisher
Susan is Oakland Local’s editor and publisher. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich. A former arts activist, she assigns stories, raises money, writes blogs & articles, and works with nonprofits and community organizations.
Email: susan@oaklandlocal.com
Twitter: @oaklandlocal

Laura McCamy

Laura is an Oakland-based freelance writer, editor and researcher. Her work has appeared in diverse publications, including Oakland Local, sfstreetsblog, the San Francisco Chronicle and Momentum Magazine. She brings an extensive background as a paralegal to her writing on policy, economics, and social justice.
Email: lauramc@oaklandlocal.com
Twitter: @lmcwords

Meg Bertoni

Managing Production Editor
Having joined the Oakland Local team shortly before the original site’s launch in 2009, Dr. Meg Bertoni has been a professional writer and editor since 1989. She holds a master’s from Harvard in world religion and conflict resolution, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. When not working in this exciting virtual community of related sites, she currently teaches college-level criminology courses, both online and in person. She feels a little weird referring to herself in the third person, but will totally deal with it, because it’s for you, gentle reader, and you rock!
Email: meg@oaklandlocal.com


  • Kevin Rychel
  • Alisen Boada
  • Kelly Baker
  • Josh Cain

Special thanks to:

  • Leslie Griffy
    • Barbara Grady
    • Suzanne Yada

    Rin Kelly

    Former Investigative Fellow
    Rin is an independent writer, photographer and investigative journalist. She was a 2011-2012 student fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and is currently a film editor and writer for Los Angeles culture magazine L.A. Record. Her work has appeared in publications across the U.S. and aired on Pacifica Radio. Most recently, she has written for Salon and contributed to Lisa Carver’s book about money and capitalism, Money’s Nothing.
    Email: rin@oaklandlocal.com
    Twitter: @RinCKelly