Besides being a journalist, Arnulfo T, Garcia is a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor. He works as a peer counselor with at-risk youth who meet with San Quentin prisoners. As a peacemaker and advocate for community health, he facilitates numerous self-help classes, and serves as a certified group facilitator for the GRIP program, having successfully completed the training in the Batterer Intervention Program (B.I.P.). He also is a certified domestic violence intervention specialist.
He had served five years as Editor-in-Chief of San Quentin News before becoming Executive Editor of the San Quentin News Editorial Board.
He is now helping create San Quentin’s first magazine. He’s a member of Society of Professional Journalists. Arnulfo believes that change is possible and wants to make a difference in the lives of his community, particularly the youth.
He is especially proud to be a voice for the voiceless.
Richard “Bonaru” Alexander Richardson was born February 7, 1973, in East Los Angeles California. Bonaru is the fourth of six children. He spent part of his childhood and adolescence living in Modesto California, where he spent his summers as a youth activity volunteer at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park. At 17 years old, Bonaru earned a High School Equivalency Diploma and in 2012, he graduated from Patten University with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. From 2006-2007, Bonaru worked as a Watch Commander Clerk for Lt. J.D. Hobbs in Centinela California.
He later earned a vocation as a certified printer and began working as an offset printing press operator, printing San Quentin News in 2008-2010. In addition, Bonaru was instructed in digital graphics using Adobe Creative Suites software. In 2012, he became the Design Editor of San Quentin News where he designed, edited, and produced electronic files for printing and website publication of San Quentin News. Bonaru is now the editor-in-chief and serves on San Quentin News editorial board.
Bonaru has completed in-depth courses in Anger Management, S.Q.U.I.R.E.S., Nonviolent Communications, Kairos (Christian based group), and Alliance for CHANGE (social justice). Furthermore, he has attended classes in Restorative Justice and a Victim Offender Education Group. In his spare time Bonaru writes poetry and brags about his amazing children, beautiful grandchildren and wonderful wife La-Keesha Richardson.
A fifth generation Californian and inmate serving 92 months for gross negligent vehicular manslaughter at San Quentin State Prison.
He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist and has been working with San Quentin News since 2009.
He has been a member of The San Quentin News Journalism Guild, worked as Managing Editor, and now is the newspaper’s Senior Editor.
He sees his job as boots-on-the-ground reporting about a place rarely seen the way San Quentin News can bring it to readers.
He is confident that an objective lens examining prisons, its operations, and the effect on prisoners will elicit smart-on-crime reform.
It is with confidence in the accuracy only found in objective reporting that he strives to tell stories depicting the lives he has sees behind bars.
He believes providing an incarcerated perspective on prison issues and the serious drug and mental health issues plaguing our communities, will allow these issues to be better understood.
Kevin D. Sawyer is an African American native of San Francisco, California, born in 1963. He has written numerous unpublished short stories, memoirs, essays, poems and journals that chronicle his jail experience. Some of his work has appeared in The Oakland Post (Post News Group), California Prison Focus, San Francisco Chronicle, The Life of the Law (blog), San Francisco Bay View, The Pioneer (California State University, East Bay), Brothers in Pen anthologies, Iron City Magazine, 580 Split and limited editions of poetry published by the William James Association. His writing has also been presented at the 15th International Conference on Penal Abolition by the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons in Ottawa, Canada.
Sawyer is the associate editor for San Quentin News, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and a 2016 recipient of The James Aronson Social Justice Journalism Award. He was also on the News team that won the 2014 James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the SPJ. Prior to his incarceration he worked 14 successive years in the telecommunications industry for several corporations. He is a certified electrician through the National Center for Construction Education and Research and an accomplished guitar and piano player. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a broadcasting option from California State University, Hayward (1995), and a Diploma as a paralegal from Blackstone Career Institute (2011). He is currently working on a novel.
Jonathan Chiu is 33 years old and was born in Hong Kong, China in 1982.
He immigrated to the United States in 1990 with his parents and older brother.
When he was 22 years old, he committed first degree murder and has been in prison for the last 12 years to serve a 50-years-to-life sentence.
He has been with the San Quentin News since December 2015 and works in the design layout department.
He is a 42 year old youth offender who grew into a journalist.
He cover the sporting events inside of San Quentin, capturing the competitive interactions between the inside and outside community.
He is also a Criminal and Gang Anonymous graduate under the ‘Renewal of the Natural Self’ class. He learned Restorative Justice and other forms of community healing from the self-help group Alliance for Change. His goal is to provide healing through words and art.
“I write from a cell because my voice is the only part of me that is still free,” said Rahsaan.
The native New Yorker has been a writer for the San Quentin News since 2013 in various positions from Sports Editor, Journalism Guild Chairman, Staff Writer and podcaster. He was featured in the CNN show United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell on San Quentin News.
Additionally, he co-authored the book Uncaged Stories and has had stories featured on the Marshall Project, Missouri Review’s literature on lockdown and Life of the Law web sites. He also writes for The Beat Within.
At age 44, he became a member of Society of Professional Journalist, Northern California San Quentin Satellite chapter. Additionally, he’s a member of a William James Arts & Corrections Creative Writing class under teacher Zoe Mullery and has short stories included in the yearly anthology.
He is currently pursing a Liberal Arts Associate Degree in the Prison University Program while serving 55 to life for 2nd degree murder, attempted voluntary manslaughter and gun enhancement.
DeWeaver’s personal mission statement is to be a positive, transformative force by becoming a beacon of integrity who works to connect with the human dignity of everyone around him.
He is a 2015 nominee for the Pushcart Award for short fiction, a journalist, and the co-founder of prisonrenaissance.org. His work has appeared in a dozen publications including Easy Street Magazine, The Lascaux Review, and Rumpus. When he’s not working hard for San Quentin News, he spends his time impersonating the most interesting guitar player in the world.
He was born in Van Nays California in August 1946.
After graduated High school in 1965, he enlisted with a friend in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam. He was later seriously wounded in action and spent the rest of his enlistment in and out of hospitals.
Married in 1967, he has a son, daughter, and two grandsons. His wife and he divorced in 1982 after 16 years of marriage.
He attended trade schools and college after his service. His main study was Engineering Design and later worked in multiple companies for their engineering departments, eventually becaming a Chief Engineer and later a Vice President.
In August of 1999 he was arrested as a first time offender and was sentenced to life. When he came to San Quentin in 2013 he became part of the Journalism Guild, eventually working his was to becoming an official Staff Writer.
Eddie Herena is currently the San Quentin news photographer.
He was born and raised in San Jose California and comes from a large family.
Since he has been at San Quentin he has had the opportunity to participate in various self-help groups and attends Patton University. He is currently 6 units shy of A.A. degree in humanities and plans on completing the program before the end of 2016.
Aside from the pleasure of learning, he’s found a new passion in photography and plans on sticking with the art beyond the walled city of San Quentin. He claims that there is something special about capturing a moment in time.
“Time runs and flows and only death can stop it. The photograph is a blade that captures one dazzling instant in eternity” (Henri Cartier-Bresson).
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Chung Kao served three years in the Taiwan army before going to Japan, where he earned a BA in Economics and graduated summa cum laude at Tokai University. He went to graduate business school in California; however, the crime and subsequent imprisonment interrupted his educational pursuit.
Kao was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of 19 years to life. He has been incarcerated since 1992. He is a staff writer and manages circulation of the San Quentin News (SQN) and the San Quentin Magazine (SQM). He sees the goal of the SQN/SQM is to promote public safety, through the dissemination of accurate, relevant and timely information on criminal justice and corrections policies to prisoners, government officials and the public. He believes the SQN and the SQM inspire changes in prisoner lifestyle and inform the public and public officials to make better decisions in government as well as in supporting legislation and social change. He is a speaker at TEDxSanQuentin.
Davontae T. Pariani was charged as an adult and later remanded to prison in early 2016 to serve a six-year sentence.
Instead of allowing his potential to waste away behind bars, Davontae hopes to use his vast knowledge and sharp education to benefit San Quentin News, while also learning useful journalistic skills along the way.
He also plans to further his education by going to college to study entrepreneurial business and finance, as well as volunteer his time to work as an incarceration prevention counselor for at-risk youth.
For many years Tamboura was the design editor and writer for the San Quentin News. He recently graduated from a one-year immersive technology training program where he learned web application development.
His skill level is entry level front-end developer specializing in user interactive web application engineering.
Tamboura has an interest is working in data visualization and web-based journalism leveraging D3.js, NVD3.js, and other data visualization libraries to transform raw data into interactive vibrant visualizations.
Tamboura’s prior experience includes twenty years working in the underground utility industry, including 12 years as the founder and CEO of a geotechnical company. He managed and completed large and complex underground utility analytics for government and private entities. Accordingly, he is able to manage, collaborate, stay on task, schedule and deliver quality products to customers.
When Tamboura is not programming, you can find him continuing to learn about modern solutions to producing web based applications. Currently, he expanding his knowledge of the programming language Python.
In his spare time, Tamboura is a scuba diver, spearfisherman with a passion for underwater photography and video.