About/ Staff

The CC Spin is produced by students at Contra Costa County public high schools.  Story development is supervised by the journalism advisers at the participating schools. Professional journalists coach the students and guide their reporting and writing. Staff members from local journalism outlets and retired journalists instruct participating students in professional journalism standards and practices. 

The CC Spin is a product of the collaboration of The Lesher Foundation, the Contra Costa County Office of Education and the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative.

All opinions expressed in CC Spin are the views of the student authors only and do not represent the opinion of the Lesher Foundation, the Contra Costa County Office of Education, the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative, or any school, district or county educational authority,

CC Spin is a product of student journalists and is guided by the tenets of The First Amendment, the ethical guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists and the California Education Code, specifically sections 45907 and 48950.

If you are a student interested in contributing to CC Spin or a teacher interested in having your students participate, contact Steve O’Donoghue at [email protected].



Kathleen Odne

Executive Director
Lesher Foundation

Marcus Walton
Chief Communications Officer
Contra Costa County Office
of Education

Steve O’Donoghue
California Scholastic Journalism
Initiative, Coordinator

Jim Finefrock, Writing Coach
Bruce Koon Writing Coach
Carol Pogash, Writing Coach
Dick Rogers, Writing Coach

Casey Nichols, Webmaster

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FolgerGraphics Printing
Hayward, California



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  • Rachel Decker, Dougherty Valley High School
  • Myriam Godfrey, Kennedy High School
  • Sarah Hillenbrand, Making Waves Academy
  • Donia Gousios, Miramonte High School
  • Katherine Olson, Monte Vista High School
  • Karen Jenkins , Northgate High School
  • Ralph Bedwell, Pinole Valley High School
  • Maya Kosover, Richmond High School
  • Giana Lillig San Ramon Valley High School



  • Jaime Lattin, Acalanes High School
  • Emmy Burros, California High School
  • Christine Oh, California High School
  • Jason Shin, Clayton Valley Charter High School
  • Alyssa Earnest, DeAnza High School
  • Caroline Lobel, Dougherty Valley High School
  • Owen Spargo, Dougherty Valley High School
  • Adaley Perez, Making Waves Academy
  • Allison Petak, Miramonte High School
  • Audrey Allen, Miramonte High School
  • Alisha Nazar, Miramonte High School
  • Angelina Izmaylova, Monte  Vista High School
  • Adelaide Berrett, Northgate High School
  • Glendy Jimenez, Pinole Valley High School
  • Carly Juroff, San Ramon Valley High School
  • Izabella Ge, San Ramon Valley High School
  • Ashley Hernandez, Richmond High School
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About/ Staff