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 Marin County, California with her husband and son (who is lovingly referred to as Baby Alta by her coworkers.)

Los Angeles civil rights leader Floyd C. Covington, 1942.

California’s Civil Rights Pioneers

In this week's newsletter, we take a look at California's unsung civil rights pioneers including Floyd C. Covington, Delilah L. Beasley, and Bayard Rustin. 

826 Valencia Voices

This is the end of Alta Podcast Season One. Thank you to everyone who tuned in! We’ll be in touch ...

Safe Space for the Mobile Homeless

Everyone likes a good news — and we’re delighted to include some today. Our guest is Bonnie Tsui, a journalist, ...

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery aims to be a shrine for coffee lovers.

What’ll It Be? Alta’s Favorite West Coast Coffee.

Michael Bauer’s edible (and drinkable) tour of Seattle inspires a caffeinated poll.

The Tomb of the Unknown “Wetback”

How does the death of an immigrant killed in the 1950's by Anaheim police and a 2019 family funeral converge into one incredible moment for Gustavo Arellano? He joins the Alta podcast to explain.   

Recorded Live: Jazz Singer Paula West Gets Personal

In this episode, recorded on November 13, 2019 at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley California, West discusses her process—and her politics— in this intimate evening of conversation and music.

Hummingbirds Are Fascinating. Really.

Today’s guest is Jason G. Goldman, a science journalist, author, and expedition leader based in Los Angeles. He is one ...

The California Hall of Fame celebrates the “legendary people who embody [the state’s] innovative spirit and have made their mark on history.” Founded in 2006, the museum admits between 7 and 14 members each year.

10 Californians Who Are Missing from the Hall of Fame

A new class of Californians was inducted into the state Hall of Fame this week. Here are ten names we'd like to see in the class of 2020.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Holiday shopping gets a lot easier with our gift ideas for everyone on your "nice" list.

Can Cancer Be Funny?

Can cancer be funny? Author Mary Ladd and illustrator Don Asmussen certainly think so. The pair, both of whom have ...