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Sarah Burke, Managing Editor
West Oakland

Sarah grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She relocated to the Bay to attend UC Berkeley, where she studied Rhetoric and wrote an award-winning thesis about social media and identity. Sarah started at the Express as an intern while still in school and has gradually become increasingly involved, having served as both the art critic and arts and culture editor in the past. Once in a while she publishes zines, curates shows, lectures about stuff, and acts as a judge for events like storytelling competitions. She has won multiple national journalism awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia while at the Express, including first place in LGBT-gender equality coverage for her story about female independent video game developers, “Moral Combat.”  

Darwin BondGraham, Staff Writer
East Oakland

Darwin is an investigative journalist who covers politics, business, real estate, labor, healthcare, housing, and more for the Express. Prior to working as a reporter, Darwin was an academic, earning a PhD in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Nastia Voynovskaya, Music Editor
North Oakland

Nastia Voynovskaya was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to the Bay Area with her family in the late Nineties, when she was in elementary school. She was raised primarily in the East Bay with a brief stint living in Tampa, Florida, before attending UC Berkeley, where she received her BA in Comparative Literature and served as the Arts & Entertainment editor at the student paper, The Daily Californian. After graduating in 2012, Nastia became the web editor at the best-selling art magazine Hi-Fructose before transitioning to freelancing full time for a variety of local and national publications and then finally settling at the Express as the music editor. She’s been known to curate art shows and DJ occasionally. You can catch her collecting Based God memes, lingering the function, or writing articles that explore the intersections of music, Bay Area culture, and social justice issues.