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Annelise Finney

Audio Academy 2021 Fellow

Annelise was born and raised in the East Bay and has a background in oral history and urban studies. For the last four and half years, she's worked as a criminal defense investigator at a public defenders office in the Bronx, New York and at an appellate defenders office in the Bay Area. As an investigator, she frequently interviews people involved in different parts of the criminal punishment system. Through her work, she has become passionate about the power of personal narratives and compelling stories to increase cross-cultural understanding and initate change. 

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The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered this week in the Bay Area. But getting the vaccines out to the people that need them is no small task.

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The San Francisco Unified School District Board, Tuesday night, approved a new school assignment process for elementary schools.

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The location of a former Ohlone village, known today as Dolores Park, might soon be included in San Francisco’s American Indian Cultural District.

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In July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Spero banned Oakland Police from using so-called “less-lethal” weapons, including rubber bullets, and severely limited the use of pepper-spray.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.


Sonoma County Measure P would expand oversight of the County Sheriff. The current oversight office was established in 2015 after 13 year old Andy Lopez was killed by a sheriff's deputy in Santa Rosa. This year, killings by police have motivated five California jurisdictions to put changes to law enforcement oversight on the ballot.

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Yesterday, one Bay Area county moved forward with reopening while just across the water, another remained stuck in shelter-in-place.

This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Right now in Oakland, you have to be 18 years old to vote in a school board election. Measure QQ would give the City Council the power to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in them. To be clear, they don’t have to allow it, but they could. 

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Four Bay Area counties have failed to meet California's new COVID-19 health equity requirements. They won’t be able to reopen any further until they do.

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On Tuesday, State Health Officials announced that three more Bay Area counties will be allowed to reopen additional businesses.