Beth Spotswood

Beth Spotswood is Alta's digital editor, podcast host, events manager, and a contributing writer. In addition to her work for Alta, Beth writes a Thursday column for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco's Mission District with her husband and son (who is lovingly referred to as Baby Alta by her coworkers.)

Northern California’s Wild Horses

Wild mustang populations are out of control, competing with cattle and native wildlife for vital resources like land and water. ...

Changing the Course of LGBTQ History

In this week's newsletter, we discover LGBTQ leaders who changed (and are changing) the course of history in California—and the world. 

Planet’s Woke Satellites

Today’s guest is Po Bronson, a longtime science journalist who has been recognized with nine national honors, including the American ...

Bonus Episode: Rethinking Steve Jobs

In this bonus episode of the Alta podcast, recorded on March 21, 2019 at Books Inc’s Opera Plaza location, we ...

Close-up of Peru’s beloved ají chiles—grown in California.

Desperately Seeking Peruvian Peppers (in California)

In this week's newsletter, meet the Orange County lawyer who grows ajis amarillos—and then gives them away.

Can the L.A. Times be Saved?

Today’s guest is Mark Potts, former (and founding) Managing Editor of the Journal of Alta California. Mark has covered business ...

San Francisco native Danny Glover (right) costars in The Last Black Man in San Francisco with Fails (left) and Majors (center).

Don’t Cry For Me San Francisco

San Francisco has become the nation's punching bag — and those that love the city are starting to punch back. Could a new film unite us all? 

Bonus Episode: L.A.’s Underground Nightlife

Based in Los Angeles, Safi Alia Shabaik is a founding member of the Los Angeles Street Collective and a teaching ...

Built in 1908, the Gamble House was designed by architects Greene & Greene, for use by David and Mary Gamble (of Procter & Gamble fame) as a winter residence.

10 Oscar-Worthy Landmarks

Some of Hollywood’s most memorable scenes aren’t stolen by actors—but by the scenery itself. In this week's newsletter, we count down our favorite picks for California landmarks that helped make a movie. 

The Fierce Issues Surrounding Feral Cats

Matt Smith, a journalist for the Center for Investigative Reporting, joins us to discuss the hot-button issue of feral cats. ...