About

We’re a small team of independent student journalists from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, seeking to change the way that teenagers consume local news.

Through our own experience writing and reporting in our community, we know that local news can be just as or more relevant to high schoolers than big, national stories. But too often, teenagers aren’t a target audience of local outlets or receive community news in slow print cycles.

Our goal is to gather talent from across the region and create a robust paper to report local news specifically geared toward teens; as a completely digital paper, we put a strong focus on our social media front and aim to report in new and relevant mediums.

The fact that we’re completely independent — not tied to a school — gives us a leg up in achieving that goal. We’re able to gather students from across the region, run our small team as a professional organization and work free from grades and other academic responsibilities that come with high school journalism courses. 

At the end of the day, we recognize that our audience is not limited to only high schoolers, and it certainly expects and deserves content on par with professional outlets. Accordingly, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of thoroughness, timeliness and integrity, and thank our readers who make our hard work worthwhile.

Our Team

Tomoki Chien, Editor-in-Chief
Dana Huch, Managing Editor
Allison Huang, Chief Visual Journalist
Cedric Chan, Copy Editor
Olivia Hewang, Copy Editor
Melody Xu, Copy Editor
Gil Rubinstein, Education Manager
Natalie Arbatman, Reporter
Carly Heltzel, Reporter
Siddhant Kanwar, Reporter
Avni Rajagopal, Reporter
Rodrigo Sepulveda Sagaseta, Reporter
Garv Virginkar, Reporter
Mia Bassett, Videographer
Cathryn Krajewski, Videographer
Madison Yue, Videographer

Advisory Board

Elena Kadvany — Food reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Louis Hansen — Housing reporter, San Jose Mercury News
Zoe Morgan — Education reporter, Los Altos Town Crier
Mike Inouye — Traffic anchor, NBC Bay Area

The advisory board is a group of professional journalists who provide the Midpeninsula Post with informal advice. Advisors have no involvement in the day-to-day operation of the Post, nor do they have any final say in the Post’s editorial and financial decisions. Rather, advisors receive regular updates on the internal operation of the Post, and may informally weigh in on journalistic questions that the Post’s editors choose to pose. The Post’s editors may choose to seek advice from the board as a whole, or specific advisors on a case-by-case basis.

Alumni

Kaitlyn Huang
Agnes Mar

Emily McNally