The Berkeley Scanner is an independent daily news outlet devoted to crime and public safety reporting in Berkeley, California.
Berkeley police activity on your block? Smoke in the air? Helicopter overhead? We'll find out what's happening. Earthquakes? Power outages? We'll give you all the latest updates on breaking news and other critical coverage.
We'll also follow serious cases through the criminal justice system and report on ongoing efforts to reshape Berkeley's approach to policing and fire safety in the years ahead.
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Veteran reporter and editor Emilie Raguso launched The Berkeley Scanner in September 2022 to provide more robust daily crime and public safety coverage to Berkeley and the Bay Area.
Raguso has been a reporter for nearly 20 years. She's spent the past 10 of those years becoming the most authoritative source on Berkeley policing and crime reporting news coverage.
After working for a decade at Berkeleyside, Raguso realized her passion to write about Berkeley police activity and public safety issues needed a bigger platform.
She founded The Berkeley Scanner to offer comprehensive coverage of crime and safety in the city and to allow her to help readers learn more about what's really going on in the neighborhood.
The Scanner retains full editorial independence over all of our stories.
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Media coverage about The Berkeley Scanner
- Emilie Raguso in conversation with Louis Goodman (Love Thy Lawyer)
- Emilie Raguso covers Berkeley’s crime beat like no one else (California Magazine)
- A closer look: Crime in the East Bay (NBC Bay Area)
- Women's History Month: Emilie Raguso (NATAS SF)
- Emilie Raguso on the past, present and future of local news (The E'ville Eye)
- The importance of trustworthy, verified and accountable local news (Ovis)
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Don't miss our resource guide to police data in Berkeley.
The Berkeley Scanner is a proud member of LION Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ NorCal and IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) as well as the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. Raguso obtained her master's degree in journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2006.
Emilie Raguso is an award-winning journalist with a career dating back two decades.
- Berkeley Scanner is a finalist for LION journalism awards (winners to be announced in October 2023)
Her work at Berkeleyside (2012-22) received repeated recognition.
- 2017 Journalist of the Year (SPJ NorCal)
- He was punched in the face at Santa Rita Jail. He died 10 days later. His family wants answers. (Longform storytelling, SPJ NorCal)
- Berkeley Homeless Project package, with Frances Dinkelspiel (Explanatory reporting, SPJ NorCal)
- Community Journalism: Berkeleyside team (SPJ NorCal in 2013 | 2014 | 2019)
- Unstoppable: Berkeley cyclist’s miraculous recovery after crash that nearly killed her (San Francisco Press Club)
- Berkeley police emphasize "culture of de-escalation" (San Francisco Press Club)
- Overall Excellence: Berkeleyside team (San Francisco Press Club)
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