100. Laurel Rosenhall
Sacramento has no shortage of great reporters, but Laurel Rosenhall of Calmatters is in a class by herself – she really should have been on this list years ago. Her bio says that “her stories explain political dynamics in the Capitol and examine how money, advocacy and relationships shape the decisions that affect Californians.” That is a tough assignment, and it takes special skill to craft compelling narratives out of the nuanced policy wonkery that many in and around the capitol would prefer to keep off the front page. Rosenhall has been delivering the goods at least since she started at the Sacramento Bee in 2002, but this year she hit a home run with the bombshell story of the governor’s mysterious half-billion dollar mask deal that collapsed hours after the state wired the dough – with a little tinkering the story would make a good script for a noir film. Rosenhall joined CalMatters in 2015 after more than a dozen years at the Bee. She is a native Californian and has a master’s from the Graduate School of Journalism
at UC Berkeley.