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The Rivard Report
110 E. Houston St. #207
San Antonio, Texas 78205 [Map]

The Rivard Report is San Antonio’s leading local online news source. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan and we do not have a paywall. Our content is available at no cost to everyone in the city and beyond. We publish without fear or favor, or any obligation to outside owners or interests. We cover all that is best about San Antonio: its personalities, neighborhoods, businesses, culture, cuisine, arts and entertainment. We tackle the city’s problems and challenges, too, and spotlight innovative solutions, many to be found in other cities competing for the next generation of talented workers and their families.

We feature the work of a team of curious, energetic staff journalists and publish contributions from respected freelance journalists. We encourage lively, civil debate in the comments section that accompanies each of our stories. We regularly publish articles and commentaries from elected officials, civic and community leaders, entrepreneurs and other business leaders, educators and artists — San Antonians from all walks of life.

Submission guidelines can be found here. Please contact Managing Editor Iris Dimmick iris@rivardreport.com if you have a news tip or story idea to share.

Our Story

The Rivard Report is member-supported. We do not receive any government funding. We do receive philanthropic and foundation funding, and we feature paid advertising and sponsorships. The engagement of readers, commenters, article contributors, and financial supporters is vital to our growth and community service. We offer a variety of membership levels for individuals and businesses, and hope you will join today as an individual or business supporter.

Longtime journalist Robert Rivard and his wife, Monika Maeckle, a publishing executive, founded the Rivard Report as a community blog in February 2012. It now reaches more than 200,000 unique visitors each month. We reorganized in late 2015 as a 501(c)(3) with a diverse and accomplished Board of Directors. The commitment of these board members speaks to the importance of our mission to serve San Antonio with homegrown, trusted journalism.

Read more:

The Rivard Report Board: Experience, Commitment and Vision

Rivard Report: Four Years Old and Growing

Rivard Report Goes Nonprofit

Our Mission

We believe a well informed and connected community is essential to making San Antonio a better place to live, work and play.

Our Vision

To become San Antonio’s most trusted and lively source of news and commentary.

Our Values

We publish a wide range of voices and opinions.

We embrace San Antonio’s unique history and culture and its diverse communities.

We strive to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, fairness, and openness.

Whenever we learn that we’ve made an error of fact or context, we publish a correction or amplification within the story where the error appeared.

We publicly disclose all sources of funding for the Rivard Report.

Each of our Board members and employees adheres to our Conflict of Interest Policy as the code of ethics published by the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Governance

The Rivard Report is a nonprofit corporation and is exempt from taxes under Section 501(c)(3). It has its own governing board: Richard “Dick” Schlosberg III is the founding chairman; John “Chico” Newman is the founding vice-chairman; and Lew Moorman is the founding Treasurer. Editor & Director Robert Rivard serves as the Board Secretary. Founding Directors include Katherine Flato, Dan Goodgame, and Laura Saldivar Luna.

The bios of all members of the Board of Directors can be found here. Questions or comments for the board can be emailed to directors@rivardreport.com.

Rivard Report board members from left: Dan Goodgame, Laura Saldivar Luna, John "Chico" Newman Jr., Richard T. Schlosberg III, Katy Flato, and Director Robert Rivard. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

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Rivard Report board members from left: Dan Goodgame, Laura Saldivar Luna, John “Chico” Newman Jr., Richard T. Schlosberg III, Katy Flato, and Director Robert Rivard (not pictured: Lew Moorman). Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

The Rivard Report Staff:

Robert Rivard

Robert Rivard

Director Robert Rivard, former newspaper editor, columnist and author has called San Antonio home for more than two decades. Follow Robert on Twitter @rivardreport or on Facebook. He can be reached at rivard@rivardreport.com.

 

 

Iris Dimmick

Iris Dimmick

Managing Editor Iris Dimmick moved to San Antonio in February 2012. Iris was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colo. and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Washington University. Contact her at iris@rivardreport.com.

 

 

Jaime Solis

Jaime Solis

Jaime Solis is the Director of Development and Advertising Sales for the Rivard Report, he previously served as a congressional aide to Congressman Ciro Rodriguez and a Legislative Director for State Representative Joe Farias. You can follow him on Twitter at @_JaimeSolis and contact him at jaime@rivardreport.com.

 

Scott Ball

Scott Ball

Scott Ball is the Rivard Report’s photo editor. You can contact him at scott@rivardreport.com. His photography can be found in almost every story published on the Rivard Report these days and more can be found at www.scottball.photo.

 

 

Bekah McNeel

Bekah McNeel

Education reporter Bekah McNeel is a native San Antonian. She went away to Los Angeles for undergrad before earning her MSc in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics. You can also find her at her blog, Free Bekah

 

 

Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Assistant Photo Editor Kathryn Boyd-Batstone is a photojournalist and videographer from Long Beach, Calif. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, and Oregon Public Broadcasting. To see more of her work visit Kathrynboydbatstone.com.

 

Camille Garcia

Camille Garcia

Reporter Camille Garcia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking/camping, practicing Spanish, or traveling the world. Contact her at camille@rivardreport.com.

 

 

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Rocío Guenther

Editorial Assistant Rocío Guenther graduated from Trinity University in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in political science. Rocío enjoys traveling, taking pictures, and finding new foodie places to visit. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. Contact her at rocio@rivardreport.com.

 

Hanna Oberhofer

Hanna Oberhofer

Before moving to San Antonio in 2004, Hanna was a competitive rhythmic gymnast in her native Austria. She earned degrees from St. Mary’s University and the Texas State Graduate College before joining the Rivard Report as production editor in June 2016.

 

 

Daniel Kleifgen

Daniel Kleifgen

Reporter Daniel Kleifgen graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he came to San Antonio in 2013 as a Teach For America corps member.

 

Freelance Team:

Edmond Ortiz

Edmond Ortiz

Edmond Ortiz, a lifelong San Antonian, is a freelance reporter/editor who has worked with the San Antonio Express-News and Prime Time Newspapers. He can be reached at eortiz@journalist.com.

 

 

 

Mike Monroe

Mike Monroe

Mike Monroe is a longtime, award-winning NBA and Spurs reporter who recently retired from the Express-News and is now contributing to the Rivard Report.

 

 

 

Iris Gonzalez

Iris Gonzalez

Iris Gonzalez, a first generation Cuban American, is a strategic planning consultant for nonprofit and government sectors. Iris is a freelance writer and docent at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

 

 

Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger is a journalist and writer in San Antonio and a frequent contributor to the Rivard Report. You can find her on Instagram @sbiediger.

 

 

Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez

Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez

Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez is a wife, mother and new entrepreneur founding her company, Opt In, in the last year. She opened the co-working space, The Workery, in 2016 and performs interviews for the Rivard Report’s 210 Podcast.

 

 

 

Paul DiGiovanni

Paul DiGiovanni

Paul DiGiovanni is an independent web marketing professional. He specializes in developing and engaging online communities. Paul produces the Rivard Report’s 210 Podcast.

 

 

 

John Branch

John Branch

Cartoonist John Branch has commented on San Antonio and Texas politics for decades; his work is syndicated nationally by King Features.

 

 

 

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, PhD, MPH, is the San Antonio Program Director for The Immunization Partnership. Following years of tropical disease research on vector-borne diseases, she was the epidemiologist for the San Antonio Metro Health Department, Public Health Preparedness and later the Communicable Disease Program Manager with the Department of State Health Services, Region 8.

 

 

Adam Tutor

Adam Tutor

Adam Tutor is actively co-creating his dream alongside beautiful souls of the musical community (and his saxophone), working together towards harmony in San Antonio’s artistic landscape. You can also find him on stage with Soulzzafying, Odie & the Digs, Volcan, or any other outfit he happens to be trying on.

 

 

(U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Annette Crawford

Annette Crawford is a public affairs officer at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. She is also the house photographer for the Majestic Theatre and Sam’s Burger Joint & Music Hall. You can read her music and travel blog at www.thegroovygringa.com or follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @thegroovygringa.

 

Rachel Chaney

Rachel Chaney

Rachel Chaney is a photographer and native Texan. You can reach her at rachel@rachelchaney.com.

 

 

 

Mitch Hagney

Mitch Hagney

Mitch Hagney is a writer and hydroponic farmer in downtown San Antonio. Hagney is CEO of LocalSprout.

 

 

 

Don Mathis

Don Mathis

In 2010, “Dionysus Don” was crowned champion of the McKinney Poetry Slam. Don Mathis is very involved in the poetry community in Bexar County. He is a founding member of the San Antonio Poetry Fair and participates regularly with Sun Poets and La Taza writers’ group. His poetry has been published in anthologies, periodicals and has appeared on local TV and national radio.

 

*This is not a complete list of our more than 200 contributors, but we’ll be sure to add more faces to this page in the future as we grow.