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Sam Harnett

Sam got his start in radio at WAMC in upstate New York. Before moving to the Bay Area, he graduated from Middlebury College and taught English in Lombardy. After volunteering and reporting for KALW, he joined KQED in 2010 as a local news intern. His work now appears regularly on Marketplace, The World, KQED News, and The California Report.

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Can Oakland Avoid Tech Conflicts as Startups Move In?

July 16, 2014 | 9:30 am

Can Oakland Avoid Tech Conflicts as Startups Move In?

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Entrepreneurs, investors and activists look to avoid tensions that have beset San Francisco’s boom.

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Tech Boom Spurs Changes in West Oakland

July 15, 2014 | 3:00 pm

Tech Boom Spurs Changes in West Oakland

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Sky-high rents are pushing people out of San Francisco, with many ending up in West Oakland.

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In San Francisco, Rooms for $1,000/Month Are Now Scarce

April 2, 2014 | 9:30 am

In San Francisco, Rooms for $1,000/Month Are Now Scarce

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The time of affordable rooms in San Francisco may be long over.

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Mission Meetup: Tech Workers and Activists Share a Meal, Discuss Tensions

February 13, 2014 | 8:00 am

Mission Meetup: Tech Workers and Activists Share a Meal, Discuss Tensions

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EngageSF is bringing together new and longtime residents in the Mission to get a dialogue going.

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In Oakland, Using Video Games to Build a Bridge to Silicon Valley

February 7, 2014 | 4:03 pm

In Oakland, Using Video Games to Build a Bridge to Silicon Valley

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Industry-supported program aims to give under-represented youth a shot at tech-focused careers.

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San Francisco Tech Boom Spawns Cottage Industry of Consultants and Life Coaches

December 13, 2013 | 1:05 pm

San Francisco Tech Boom Spawns Cottage Industry of Consultants and Life Coaches

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Many tech workers are new to the city, new to their company, or new to the role they are in.

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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Rent-Free Near Sausalito for 50 Years … On an Illegal Boat

May 22, 2013 | 5:30 am

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Rent-Free Near Sausalito for 50 Years … On an Illegal Boat

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Marin County is one of the most expensive places to live in the Bay Area, which in turn is one of the most expensive places to live in the country. Unless you live in an anchor-out, that is—then your housing costs are practically nil. Anchor-outs are boats that people are living illegally off the coast […]

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SF Pride Board Says Bradley Manning Can’t Be Grand Marshal Because He’s Not Local

May 8, 2013 | 10:23 am

SF Pride Board Says Bradley Manning Can’t Be Grand Marshal Because He’s Not Local

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The San Francisco Pride Board has a new rationale for keeping former U.S. soldier and whistleblower Bradley Manning out of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade as a grand marshal: He’s not local enough. The position in Manning’s case would be largely symbolic. He is currently incarcerated at a military prison in Kansas awaiting trial […]

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At UC San Francisco, ‘Pure’ Research Competes With Lure of Biotech Startups

April 30, 2013 | 6:30 am

At UC San Francisco, ‘Pure’ Research Competes With Lure of Biotech Startups

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Matthew Spindler came to UC San Francisco as a doctoral student because he wanted to be a scientist. His plan was to follow a standard academic track: research, publish, teach—and pray for tenure. But after a few classes run by the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF, he has a new goal: launch a biotech startup with […]

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