Brenda Payton

Brenda Payton has been a journalist for 40 years. She was a columnist at the Oakland Tribune for 26 years. She contributed to KQED radio’s Perspective series for 20 years. She was a co -producer of “Your Loan Is Denied,” a documentary about lending discrimination that aired on PBS’ Frontline. She was a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner, the Boston Phoenix and the New Bedford Standard Times. She was a lecturer at San Francisco State University, teaching newswriting, reporting and feature writing.

Stories by Brenda

Cinque’s View

The Oakland Voices 2017-2018 graduation from the unique perspective of Cinque Mubarak.  

Oakland Voices Reacts

The Oakland Voices correspondents covered local elections last week, writing about the successful campaigns for expanded protections for renters, a soda tax, a civilian police[Read more]

Election Night in Oakland

The Oakland Voices 2016 correspondents had gathered in the East Bay Times newsroom before heading out to cover our local races, two city council races[Read more]

Oakland Voices reflect on guns

Following President Barack Obama’s executive order addressing gun violence and regulations, the Oakland Voices correspondents wrote about their experiences with guns and their thoughts about[Read more]

Where We Live

The Oakland Voices correspondents went out into their neighborhoods to survey what was there and what wasn’t — grocery stores, liquor stores, churches, parks. They[Read more]

Family Resilience

[slideshow_deploy id=’8676′]We asked the new Oakland Voices correspondents to write about a family member and resilience. They came back with inspiring stories about siblings raised[Read more]