about lookout santa cruz


We believe in American democracy and the power of local communities to better themselves. We know that high-quality, trustworthy, non-partisan and connect-the-dots local news reporting is essential to the strengthening of those communities and our country in the 2020s.

Acting on that belief, we’ve created Lookout Local.

Lookout is an emerging network of, digital-only, mobile-first, editorially robust, intensely local media outlets offering community-centric news and resources.

The company’s network of websites will serve small to mid-sized markets, repopulating news and advertising deserts with modern, vibrant news products.

Lookout Santa Cruz, the company’s first site, launched in November 2020. Its parent, Lookout Local Inc., is a public benefit corporation whose fundamental mission is to serve its communities with a new and higher standard of news, information and community engagement.

Contact Us

Newsroom: news@lookoutlocal.com

Membership services: membership@lookoutlocal.com

Marketing partnerships / advertising: ashley@lookoutlocal.com

Reprints and Permissions

Lookout Local Inc. requires permission before any material — including, but not limited to, text, photos or videos — that is published in LookoutSantaCruz.com or any affiliated Lookout website can be reprinted. To obtain information about reprints and permissions, contact CEO Ken Doctor at ken@lookoutlocal.com or news@lookoutlocal.com.

Corrections and clarifications

Our first responsibility: to get things right. Factual accuracy is a gating principle of all our work. Given the speed on that work, and the nature of journalism itself, inevitably, we will make errors. We want them to be as small as possible — and to learn from them — and to correct and clarify any errors or murkiness as soon and as clearly as possible.

Readers can notify the newsroom of potential errors by emailing news@lookoutlocal.com. Any Lookout employee who receives a report of an error should notify both the journalist responsible for the story and an editor at the earliest opportunity.

Factual errors in stories should be corrected promptly, but not before:

  1. A discussion between the correspondent, his or her supervisor and the executive editor is had;
  2. A determination is reached that an error did indeed occur, and
  3. That the remedy is, in fact, correct.

In the course of breaking news, facts from authorities can often change and require updating; such cases require judgment calls as to whether to call out those situations as corrections/clarifications — or to simply update stories to reflect the changes as they unfold. We will make these calls fairly, to best advance reader understanding.

Meet the team

Ken Doctor is the founder and CEO of Lookout Santa Cruz and its parent company, Lookout Local Inc.

Ashley Harmon (she/her) comes to Lookout Santa Cruz with six years of Santa Cruz County partnership and communications...

Jamie Garfield (Keil) (she/her) comes to Lookout Santa Cruz with nine years of education & community engagement...

Mark Conley is the Deputy Managing Editor for Lookout Santa Cruz.

Wallace Baine is Lookout’s City Life Correspondent, covering arts, music and culture, as well as the people who make...

Over the past 15 years since she made Santa Cruz her home, Lily has fallen deeply in love with its rich food culture,...

A veteran editor and jack-of-all-trades journalist, Will McCahill’s previous stops include ESPN, Newser and the San Jose...

An award-winning journalist and journalism educator, Jody brims with ideas and energy about how to bring our community...

Max Chun is a locally grown reporter with an eye for community activism, human interest stories, and anything Santa...

Hillary covers education issues at TK-12 schools, UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College for Lookout.

Kevin Painchaud is a professional photographer. He has shot for various publications for the last 30 years.

Over the past decade, Christopher Neely has built a diverse journalism résumé, spanning from the East Coast to Texas...

Blaire Hobbs (she/her) joins Lookout Santa Cruz after three years of working in the field of misinformation and media...

Thomas Sawano joins the Lookout team after two-and-a-half years at City on a Hill Press, the student-run newspaper at...

Kate Hull (she/her) joins Lookout as part of her fall internship in the Science Communications master’s degree program...