Open Vallejo is pleased to welcome Anna Bauman as the publication’s new investigative reporter. An accomplished journalist, Anna brings a rich background in high-impact public interest reporting to the newsroom, filling a key role on our editorial team.
Anna joins Open Vallejo from the Houston Chronicle, where she covered the Uvalde school massacre and other injustices. In her investigative reporting, she wrote about a man who died in jail after languishing for months without cancer treatment; a city marshal accused of using unnecessary aggression and harassing business owners over minor infractions; and a court clerk who improperly sorted jurors by race for years but never faced criminal charges.
More recently, Anna served as an education reporter, covering the Houston Independent School District amid a historic and controversial state takeover. Her reporting, built on deep source relationships and public records, exposed the new superintendent’s plan to repurpose libraries at dozens of schools in Black and Latinx neighborhoods.
While reporting on issues involving young people in and around Houston, Anna also developed and launched an interactive database tracking gun deaths among children and teenagers in Harris County, which memorialized victims and documented the rising death toll from gun violence in real time.
Before joining the Houston Chronicle in 2020, Anna was a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered the Vallejo police killing of Sean Monterrosa. While at the newspaper, Anna contributed to coverage of the Kincade Fire that would go on to win first place for breaking news at the national Online Journalism Awards.
Her work has also won awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Press Association, and Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
Anna earned her B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Oklahoma, where she was also a National Merit Scholar.
Anna can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone, Signal, or WhatsApp at (707) 561-2108.