Vinnee Tong

Vinnee Tong is a reporter and producer working in public radio. She contributes to KQED News, NPR, The World and other outlets. Her work has been honored by The New York Press Club, The Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and The Radio Television Digital News Association. She studied at UC Berkeley and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. On Twitter, she's vinneetong.

The Return of Occupy SF: Big Day of Protests Planned For Friday

Occupy San Francisco, which was unceremoniously booted from its base at Justin Herman Plaza in December, is planning a day of protests in the Financial District on Friday. On Wednesday, 10 speakers divulged protest plans at a press conference in front of the Bank of America at California and Kearny streets in San Francisco. They … Continue reading The Return of Occupy SF: Big Day of Protests Planned For Friday →

Retiring Sheriff Hennessey Watches Infamous County Jail No. 3 Get the Wrecking Ball

San Francisco’s popular outgoing sheriff Michael Hennessey threw himself a retirement party at the county jail today, complete with a bottle of bubbly apple cider and a wrecking ball. Infamous San Francisco County Jail No. 3 has long been a target of Hennessey’s reform efforts. In 1997, a federal judge declared conditions at the lockup … Continue reading Retiring Sheriff Hennessey Watches Infamous County Jail No. 3 Get the Wrecking Ball →

San Francisco Christmas Trees Get the Wood-Chipper Treatment; Video

Think Fargo, but without all the blood. San Francisco officials brought a little piece of North Dakota to City Hall plaza on Tuesday for its Christmas “treecycling” event. Enter the wood-chipping machine. To demonstrate what will happen to trees gathered from curbs starting Jan. 2, officials shaved about a dozen of them into wood bits, … Continue reading San Francisco Christmas Trees Get the Wood-Chipper Treatment; Video →

CalPIRG Releases Annual List of “Toxic Toys”

Parents fond of the phrase “don’t put that in your mouth” may read the latest report from the California Public Interest Research Group as avidly as a suspenseful page-turner. CalPIRG released its annual list of toxic toys on Tuesday. It found some potentially dangerous stuff on shelves ahead of the holiday buying spree. The list … Continue reading CalPIRG Releases Annual List of “Toxic Toys” →