In 2004, Zennie Abraham, just a couple of years removed from his time as Economic Advisor to two Mayors of Oakland, Elihu Harris and Jerry Brown, started Oakland’s first blog, Oakland Focus.
Since then, Zennie’s started Oakland’s first YouTube Partner Channel Zennie62 in 2006, then Zennie62Media, a network of his Blogger.com and WordPress blogs and social media platforms featuring Zennie62.com and three other Oakland-related blogs. Zennie62Media has been everywhere, including the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, two Presidential Inaugurations, The Night of 100 Stars Oscars Party from 2009 to 2017, Wonder Con, San Diego Comic Con, the NFL Draft and NFL Owners Meetings for 14 straight years, the launch parties for Twitter and for Reddit, several TechCrunch Disrupt events including 2010 where he recorded this famous Mark Zuckerberg interview on privacy, and has been on the White House Press List since 2012.
But, rather than find a new way to advance blogging content technology, Zennie decided to settle down and make a standard news blog. Nothing fancy: no aggregation engine installed. Just a clean, modern look, and an easily readable text and layout. Welcome to Oakland News Now.
Oakland News Now’s objective is to be what Oakland has lacked for some time: a true community news website. Here, readers can learn what City of Oakland departments are doing, what is on the mind of residents, who’s running for what office and why, and more. All on a daily basis.
We also feature several blogger voices, not just one. A person running for office is invited to post their press release here, in their name – so it’s that candidate’s voice, and not that of Oakland News Now / Zennie62Media.
But, to be sure, Oakland News Now is not a “hyper-local” site. We cover any news that we determine is of interest to and / or relevant to our reader base. Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area is our home, but America and the World is out interest. This is a return to the media of yesterday, when a local newspaper had nation and international headline news, than fed traffic to local stories. Oakland News Now. It’s about time.Oakland News Now.