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.
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.
We believe a well informed and connected community is essential to making San Antonio a better place to live, work and play.
To become San Antonio’s most trusted and lively source of news and commentary.
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.
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 Rivard Report Staff:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Ball is the Rivard Report’s photo editor. You can contact him at email@example.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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Cartoonist John Branch has commented on San Antonio and Texas politics for decades; his work is syndicated nationally by King Features.
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 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.
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.
Mitch Hagney is a writer and hydroponic farmer in downtown San Antonio. Hagney is CEO of LocalSprout.
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.