Deanna Gordon


Welcome! I'm Deanna, a 2018 alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Now based in the Bay Area, I most recently worked as a staff writer at the Brentwood Press, covering a bit of everything of local interest in East Contra Costa County.

Prior to relocating to the West Coast, my experience was primarily in political and community reporting. I have been published in several local and nationwide outlets, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Virginian-Pilot, Kansas City Star and more. I am passionate about solutions journalism, community engagement and speaking truth to power.

Brentwood author pens story of recovery, hope

When Jen SluMac set out to write her first book, she knew she wanted to use her life's experiences to help others. SluMac - an Illinois native who moved to the Bay Area in 2005 and now calls Brentwood home - published her first book, " Soulnotskin: Becoming the Me I Was Meant to Be," in April 2019.
East Family Justice Center opens in Antioch

Hundreds of elected officials, advocates and local residents gathered in Antioch on Friday, Sept. 27, to celebrate the opening of the East Family Justice Center. The new location is the nonprofit organization's third in Contra Costa County, serving victims of domestic and interpersonal violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and child and elder abuse.
Byron immigration forum at St. Anne Church helps local residents

The event included several services and presentations, including: a "Know Your Rights" presentation, information on what to do in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, sign-ups for medical and food benefits, consultations with immigration attorneys, " Clean Slate " criminal record clearing for eligible candidates and more.
Tri Delta Transit bus operator honored for help in locating missing Brentwood man

A bus operator from Tri Delta Transit has been formally recognized and called a hero for her vigilance in helping to bring a missing Brentwood man back home to his family. Becky Vanderpool - a Pittsburg resident who has worked for Tri Delta Transit since 2006 - has always represented the agency well, according to her supervisors, but her quick thinking went above and beyond in October.

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'Safe Virginia' task force will address gun violence

Virginia House Democrats announced the formation Tuesday of a "Safe Virginia" task force to address gun violence in communities across the commonwealth. Del. Charniele Herring of Alexandria said the initiative is a direct response to House Republicans' Select Committee on School Safety, which GOP members said would not take up gun issues.

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Braille American flag honors blind Veterans

A braille version of the American flag has been placed on the wall outside McGuire VA Medical Center's leadership suite, next to the public affairs office. The flag, which reads the Pledge of Allegiance, was provided by Kansas Braille Transcription Institute (KBTI), a non-profit organization that serves blind and low vision individuals.
'Bamboozled' ITT tech grad saddled with massive debt, subpar degree

In 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency founded in 2011 to protect citizens from unfair bank and lending practices, sued ITT Tech. The bureau alleged the school’s enrollment and financial aid advisors used predatory lending tactics to coerce students into costly private loans they could not afford.

International Women's Day ralliers say 'Women's time has come'

Dozens of local activists and community members gathered Thursday for the 109th International Women's Day rally and march to celebrate solidarity with women across the U.S. and worldwide. This year's theme was "Press for Progress."

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