Benny Evangelista is a technology reporter for the business desk, primarily covering social networking. He’s covered Silicon Valley tech companies since the mid-1990s, getting a front-row seat for numerous digital revolutions, from Napster to the iPad, from AOL to Facebook, from DVDs to online video streaming.
Peter Hartlaub reviews movies and video games, writes feature profiles and covers local entertainment. One of the first bloggers at The Chronicle, he co-founded the parenting blog The Poop and the local culture blog The Big Event.
Lily Janiak joined the San Francisco Chronicle as theater critic in May 2016. Previously, her writing appeared in Theatre Bay Area, American Theatre, SF Weekly, the Village Voice and HowlRound. She holds a BA in theater studies from Yale and an MA in drama from San Francisco State.
John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic, a beat that covers architecture, planning and related issues in the Bay Area — from the design of major towers to the cultural impact of rooftop plaza. This year, he’s also focused on the region’s need to prepare for sea level rise.
Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1985. He is the author of two books on pre-censorship Hollywood, "Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood" and "Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man." He was a panelist at the Berlin Film Festival and has served as a panelist for eight of the last ten years at the Venice Film Festival.
Esther Mobley joined The Chronicle in 2015 as its wine, beer and spirits writer. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and before that an intern for Wine Enthusiast magazine. Esther has worked two harvest seasons, at Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley and Bodega Rolland in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as in wine retail and fine dining in her hometown of Boston.