Why I shine a spotlight on public agencies and elected leaders


“Behind the Byline” introduces you to those who write stories, shoot photos, design pages and edit the content we deliver in our print editions and on pressdemocrat.com. We’re more than journalists. As you’ll see, we’re also your neighbors with unique backgrounds and experiences who proudly call Sonoma County home.

Today, we introduce you to Emma Murphy, our Sonoma County government and politics reporter.


I arrived in California 14 months ago with my fiance, Alex, and our Australian cattle dog mix, Ellie, all of us transplanted New Englanders eager to see more of the country.

I was also excited to launch the next phase of my career in journalism. My interest in being a journalist first piqued at Brookline High School, just outside of Boston.

Sophomore year, my English teacher, Ms. Wise, handed down one of my favorite assignments: a personal essay about the things we carry with us, seen and unseen — inspired by Tim…

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