Gerardo Zavala

Gerardo Zavala is a journalist based in the Sacramento area. He is currently working for the Woodland Daily Democrat covering the city, business and agriculture. Zavala was the broadcast editor for The State Hornet at Sacramento State and was the photography and sports editor at The Channels at Santa Barbara City College.

Becky Grunewald

Becky Grunewald is a downtown Sacramento resident who has been writing about food and culture in Sacramento for 15 years. She’s written for the late, great, Midtown Monthly magazine, Sacramento News & Review (for which she served a stint as their primary food reviewer),, The Sacramento Bee, and more. 

Robin Douglas

Robin Douglas is a freelance writer, artist and photographer based in Sacramento. She earned her B.A. in English at Sacramento State and spent 13 years in nonprofit communications before launching Robin Douglas Creative Services in 2020. She is currently studying graphic design in the Design and Digital Media program at Sacramento City College.

Dakota Morlan

Dakota Morlan is a freelance contributor for Comstock’s magazine and other online publications, as well as editor at the Calaveras Enterprise, a newsweekly in the Mother Lode region. She has won awards for her investigative reporting on local crime and the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on Medium and her website, On Twitter @DakotaNMorlan.

Ken Smith

Ken Smith is a freelance writer, public relations consultant and video producer who is also managing editor of Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine magazine. More at

Phillip Baldwin

Phillip Baldwin is a mysterious creature. Not much is known about him, as he rarely ventures beyond the walls of his natural habitat: an eerily lit home-recording studio where he toils away into the late night hours, conjuring enigmatic audio from some illusive plane of the conceptual realm. On occasion, he finds work as a freelancer in the field of sound.

Katey Hamill

Katey Hamill is a freelance photographer, writer, and videographer based in Truckee, CA. She grew up a “mountain kid” and spent countless hours exploring her Sierra surrounded neighborhood. Katey now takes every opportunity she can to explore her neighborhood and beyond with a camera in hand. Check out her website ( and Instagram page (@kateyhamill).

Karlos Rene Ayala

Karlos Rene Ayala is a freelance photographer, videographer, documentarian, and writer living in Sacramento.  

Kelly Barr

Kelly Barr is the former art director for Comstock’s, a creative professional and MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified Practitioner. In the past, she has also contributed to the magazine as a freelance designer and photographer.

Sara Nevis

Sara Nevis is a writer and photographer based in Sacramento. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and being an air traffic controller, she became a photographer and studied photography and journalism at Sacramento City College, where she was the photo editor for the Sacramento City Express. She is continuing her education at Sacramento State.