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 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.

California Magazine Editor
Pat Joseph

A journalist with 20 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.

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.

Senior Associate Editor
Krissy Eliot

As a former CALIFORNIA intern, she never behaved like a proper intern—so we hired her as a writer, editor and videographer instead. Krissy has written for myriad publications and had weekly and monthly columns in both the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the Bay Area Reporter. She holds a degree in electronic media and film from Towson University.

Production and Engagement Editor
Sara Beladi

A writer and researcher, she is coauthor of They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy and a visiting scholar at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as an associate producer and story development professional on film and television documentaries. She has also worked in online news and radio.

Design Director
Michiko Toki

Design Associate
Anita Wong

She is a graphic designer who has worked at various publications, including Health, Mother Jones, Yoga Journal, and San Francisco Focus/KQED. She was also a senior designer at Student Affairs at the UC Office of the President. She is proud to be a UC Berkeley alumna.  


  • 2015 CASE Circle of Excellence Silver Award, Best General Interest College or University Publication
  • 2014 American Illustration 33
  • 2013 CASE Circle of Excellence Gold Awards (two), Best Articles of the Year
  • 2012 CASE Circle of Excellence Gold Award, Best General Interest College or University Publication
  • 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