About Us

SF Weekly is San Francisco’s smartest publication. That’s because we take journalism seriously, but not so seriously that we let ourselves be guided by an agenda. In fact, we cherish our political independence: We’ve taken on the powerful unions that helped elect the leftist majority on the Board of Supervisors and the downtown business interests that financed the campaigns of former Mayor Gavin Newsom.

In 2010 we delved into city problems, and possible solutions, in our “Worst Run Big City in the U.S.” series about the dysfunction and unaccountability in city government.

Over the past decade, we’ve earned numerous regional and national journalism awards. In 2002, SF Weekly won a prestigious George K. Polk award for our investigative series “Fallout,” which documented the U.S. Navy’s remarkably careless handling of nuclear waste at the Hunters Point Shipyard. In 2009, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies named “Snitch,” our heartbreaking feature about one woman’s decision to cooperate with police in a murder case, the best long-form news story in the country.

We also like to laugh, and our sharp-tongued columnists have been recognized National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

We pride ourselves on bringing you alternative takes on San Francisco. In addition to our public-interest stories, SF Weekly offers San Franciscans comprehensive arts, culture, and entertainment coverage, which reaches a loyal readership of active, urban professionals, an audience as diverse as the city we cover.