About Us

CALIFORNIA is an editorially independent general-interest magazine and website. The mission of the publications is to cover the news, issues, discoveries, and people of the University of California, Berkeley, and keep alumni, scholars, researchers and thoughtful readers informed about the cutting-edge ideas and innovation emanating from the campus. The magazine is published four times a year and has a readership of 95,000. The website is updated with fresh news and can be accessed daily. Through news items, in-depth interviews, and features on topical issues, both publications report on the contemporary Berkeley campus with insight, style, and punch. Since 1897, CALIFORNIA magazine has ignited, disturbed, and informed readers about one of the world’s greatest universities.


Editorial Office


Cal Alumni Association
1 Alumni House
Berkeley, CA 94720-7520


Phone: 510.900.8247
Fax: 510.642.6100
Toll-free: 888.CAL.ALUM (888.225.2586)


Editorial Staff


Wendy Miller

Editor of CALIFORNIA for the past six years, she is a 30-year journalism veteran who honed her skills at California’s leading newspapers. She served as a features editor and a columnist at the Los Angeles Times, before becoming an assistant metro editor. At the Times she was a member of the metro team that won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of the Northridge Earthquake.  She later was hired by the San Francisco Chronicle as an assistant metro editor responsible for education, religion. and legal affairs coverage, before being named Metro Editor and then Sunday Editor.

Executive Editor
Pat Joseph

A journalist with more than 15 years experience working for both print and online publications, he is a former syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Press Syndicate and a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Reporting. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic Adventure, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. 

Web Editor
Vicki Haddock

A former reporter/columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Oakland Tribune, she became assistant metro editor and Sunday metro editor of the Examiner, and senior writer for the Chronicle’s Insight analysis section. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia.

Managing Editor
Kate McKinley

With decades of editing experience in a variety of media—including book publishers and magazines—she has been working online since 1995. In addition, she taught basic motorcycling to Billie Joe Armstrong.

Science Editor

Anne Pinckard ’02

A Cal alumna and biologist-turned-journalist, she graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication program and has been covering research at UC Berkeley since 2008.

Design Director
Michiko Toki

Design Associate
Anita Wong ’78



  • 2013 CASE Circle of Excellence Gold and Bronze Awards, Best Articles of the Year (District VI-VIII and International)
  • 2012 CASE Circle of Excellence Gold Award, Best General Interest College or University Publication (circulation 75,000 or more)
  • 2012 Best American Science and Nature Writing
  • 2009 Best Special Interest Magazine, Western Publishing Association
  • 2008 Folio Gold Eddie Best Association Magazine
  • 2007 Best Politics and Social Issues/Consumer Magazine, Western Publishing Association