You might have noticed a few subtle changes around here this week.

First, I’m very pleased to introduce you to our newest reporter, Rani Gupta. Rani is our new politics/government reporter here at, and we’re excited to have her on board to continue our brand of political and government reporting.

Rani comes to us from at The Californian/North County Times, where she covered education in southwest Riverside County. Before that, she served as a fellow with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Va., and as a reporter with The Palm Beach Post, where she did some great local government reporting.

She’ll be taking over the beat from David Washburn, who will be moving over to cover the science and technology beat. We’ve had stops and starts getting our science and technology reporting going here this year because the two talented reporters we’ve had on the beat have both moved on rather quickly, unfortunately. It’s nice to have Washburn on the beat and will be interesting to see what kind of fascinating stories he can put together.

Also, you might have noticed this story earlier in the week from freelance writer Kelly Thornton.

If her name sounds familiar, there’s a reason. Thornton formerly was a Union-Tribune reporter who covered federal law enforcement, including breaking the news of the ouster of former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam and plenty of other important stories. This was Thornton’s first story with us and we’re hoping we can get regular freelance stories from her like the one that ran Tuesday.

If you have any questions about these changes or anything else, always feel free to send me an e-mail at


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