Callie Shanafelt

media to fit the story

Callie Shanafelt is a documentary filmmaker, editor and freelance journalist who loves using the best type of media to tell a story.

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Healthcare reform helps Oakland clinic meet huge demand

When Sherry Hirota learned that healthcare reform meant community clinics like hers would be expected to double their capacity, she wasn’t surprised. “Across the board, it was understood that health centers would be called upon […]

Mar, 05 · in TEXT

Women most vulnerable to poverty in retirement

California is the state with the highest number of seniors living below federal poverty levels, and half of all California workers will spend their final years in poverty if nothing changes with our retirement system. […]

Feb, 08 · in TEXT

Oakland easing up stringent building code enforcement

Last September, 42-year-old Omar El-Baroudi appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. In the photo, he’s standing at the back of his West Oakland home. At the time the photo was taken, the house had been […]

Jan, 11

After a decade of expensive reforms, state youth detention centers could close

Henry Hernandez served half of his two years in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice at the Preston Youth Correctional Facility. The initial intake dorm he stayed in was overcrowded with more than […]

Jan, 10

Senior actors teach nurses to understand elderly patients

This year the first of the baby boomers turn 65 – and every day, more than seven thousand people qualify for Medicare according to the AARP. Older adults represent half of all hospital stays, nearly […]

Nov, 16

Why some young men in Richmond are laying down their guns

While Oakland stands in a tenuous state of peace, violence in nearby Richmond regularly grabs headlines – even within the walls of City Hall. KTVU ANCHOR: A bloody brawl that broke out inside Richmond City […]

Nov, 09

During the economic downturn, the pawn industry grows

President Obama continues to tout his jobs bill, though it hasn’t been getting much traction in Congress. Still, there are a few industries that have been growing without government help: tech, healthcare, and interestingly, pawnshops. […]

Nov, 07


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