Deanna Gordon

Journalist

Welcome! I'm Deanna, a 2018 alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Now based in the Bay Area, I was most recently a staff writer at the Brentwood Press, covering 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.

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thepress.net
04/23/2020
City of Oakley exploring new library

The City of Oakley and Contra Costa County have been collaborating on the possibility of developing a stand-alone library after the city council approved a $25,000 exploratory plan at its meeting Nov. 12, 2019. The plan is to look at the possibility of converting the old Delta Station of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office - located at 200 O'Hara Ave.

US News & World Report
House Panels Reject LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Bills

Subcommittees in the House of Delegates killed several bills this week that would have expanded protections for LGBTQ Virginians in housing and the workplace. Two bills had passed the Senate late last month.

thepress.net
10/03/2019
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.

thepress.net
04/22/2020
Recycling center closures challenge East County consumers, businesses

Local consumers who want to be refunded the California Redemption Value (CRV) paid for plastic, aluminum and glass recyclables have had to look elsewhere since mega-recycler RePlanet closed in August. RePlanet, which had local operations in Brentwood and Antioch, was one of the largest recycling centers in California.

thepress.net
01/16/2020
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.

thepress.net
01/05/2020
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.

Los Angeles Times
04/03/2018
'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.

VAntage Point
08/30/2018
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.

WTVR.com
05/03/2018
'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.

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