About The Berkeley Scanner

About The Berkeley Scanner
The Berkeley Scanner at work. Emilie Raguso/TBS

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.

TBS averages about 240,000 monthly pageviews.

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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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.

Her work at Berkeleyside (2012-22) received repeated recognition.

Comments policy

At The Berkeley Scanner, community dialogue and engagement are core to our mission. We believe in the robust exchange of diverse ideas and that there's much to learn from reader input. Comments are limited to paying members.

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The Berkeley Scanner places a premium on accuracy and objectivity in our reporting. If you see something that needs to be corrected, whether it's a typo, a mistake or an outright error, email The Scanner for a prompt review. We want to hear from you. Corrections will be noted at the foot of articles that require a fix.

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