Feb. 7, 2020 Update: Will Carruthers and reporting partner Peter Byrne won the James Madison Freedom of Information Award for their coverage of “how the Rebuild North Bay Foundation had performed little or no relief work, instead funneling money to benefit a handful of prominent local businesspeople,” according to a press release from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Regular readers of The Light will remember the stalwart reporting of Will Carruthers. Between 2015 to 2019, Will contributed a number of reports on housing, transportation and local businesses, keeping the readership informed and ruffling some of the pertly preened feathers of city hall politicos.
Will moved back up to Santa Rosa in late 2018, where he launched a freelance reporting career. In November 2019, he was hired by the North Bay Bohemian as a full-time news reporter after working for that publication as a freelancer for many months. Will also writes for Pacific Sun, a weekly newspaper covering Marin County.
With annual wildfires ravaging the North Bay, Will and his colleagues at the Bohemian plunged headlong into scrutinizing the Rebuild North Bay Foundation, ostensibly a charity dedicated to helping offer relief to people impacted by wildfires but in actuality an apparent lobbying group conveniently funded in large part by PG&E.
Certain San Francisco electeds can breathe a sigh of relief, now that Will is working up North.