News & Politics

Boutique owner Ken Wingard leans against a wall in a stairway, looking off into the distance

The San Francisco Spirit

How local designer Ken Wingard found his community and grew his business. by Maureen Futtner San Francisco–based designer Ken Wingard rakes through various ephemera at a local flea market. He inspects a tattered old suitcase destined...
Watercolor of a typical San Francisco house that window men work on quite frequently.

City Through Glass

Conversations with San Francisco's window workers. by Nikki Collister A wide picture window overlooking the intersection of Fulton Street and 6th Avenue, double-hung windows on either side, crowned with a graceful arch of three glass panes....

Primarying Pelosi

“Who?” “Agatha Bacelar, she’s primarying Nancy Pelosi. You want to write about her?” I take the assignment and find myself at some cocktail-party-type deal at an apartment I couldn’t afford if I robbed a pharaoh. After briefly saying hello and exchanging info, Bacelar texts me a few days later that she’s having a campaign kickoff at her apartment in the Mission and I should show. Alright. I’ve never been to a longshot’s political kickoff.

Inkblots, Riddles, and Rabbit Holes: The Zodiac Killer Murders Turn 50.

Ten years ago the San Francisco Examiner slugged one of their Friday morning editions with the blaring front page headline: "Zodiac Killer to Be Named." That was no small statement in a city that once...

From the White House to the Coffee House

“From the White House to the Coffee House” is an adapted excerpt from an episode of Futtner’s podcast, “Seismic Shift,” which aired on August 9, 2019. As we scroll our newsfeeds on MUNI, leaf through...

San Francisco’s Iconic Illustrated Man

I had the incredible opportunity to meet and interview Lyle Tuttle a few weeks before he passed away. The culmination of our conversation is the article below...


A look at racial inequality in the Bay Area using choropleth maps.