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].



Melissa Stafford Jones
Executive Director
Lesher Foundation

Terry Koehne
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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Natalie Moore, Acalanes High School
Brian Barr, California High School
Thomas Gagnie, De Anza High School
Rachel Decker, Dougherty Valley High School
Myriam Godfrey, Kennedy High School
Masin Persina, Making Waves Academy
Donia Gousios, Miramonte High School
Paige Crawford, Monte Vista High School
Karen Jenkins , Northgate High School
Ralph Bedwell, Pinole Valley High School
Maya Kosover, Richmond High School
Joseph Alvarico, Ygnacio Valley High School



Nicole Proznan, Acalanes High School
Gina Wu, California High School
Alyssa Earnest,  De Anza High School
Caroline Lobel, Dougherty Valley High School
Vanessa Macias, Making Waves Academy
Juliet Adams/Lauren Nixon, Miramonte High School
Seta Salkhi, Monte Vista High School
Cassidy Baumann, Northgate High School
Mason Montano, Pinole Valley High School
Heidi Carranza/Vivianna Bejarano, Richmond High School
Izabella Ge, San Ramon Valley High School
Clara Stevenson, Ygnacio Valley High  School