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Introducing Hella News, SF’s First Comedy News Show
Monday, May 16, 2022

Introducing Hella News, SF’s First Comedy News Show

Welcome to Hella News!

The concept behind The Standard’s new weekly comedy news program is pretty simple. A lot of people in San Francisco are well-informed on national news and politics thanks to TV programs like The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight, but many residents would be hard-pressed to name their district supervisor or talk about the latest policy decisions at City Hall. 

These local decisions—everything from infrastructure projects and votes on housing to City Hall’s ongoing corruption scandal—arguably have a much greater impact on our daily lives than anything that happens in the White House, Congress or the California Legislature.

Our mission here at The Standard is to help San Franciscans know their city better, and we get it: Not everyone wants to read a 1,000-word story on public policy, or sit through a 10-hour public meeting. With Hella News, we hope to provide a dose of humor to help the medicine (i.e. civic information) go down. 

If this requires debasing ourselves to promote greater civic engagement, so be it.

In the first episode of Hella News, co-hosts Josh Koehn and Meaghan Mitchell take a close look at the recently released American Community Survey, an annual U.S. Census Bureau report that breaks down demographics by ZIP code. We sifted through the data to get a better sense of how San Francisco’s neighborhoods are changing by age, race and gender

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The findings show that certain neighborhoods, like Hayes Valley, have seen their residents’ income skyrocket over the last five years. Meanwhile, other neighborhoods like the Marina and Richmond District have a disproportionate number of women compared to men. Other findings show the city’s Black and white populations are both falling.

Hella News will air weekly on all of The Standard’s social media channels, as well as in this space. Stay tuned!

Josh Koehn can be reached at [email protected].
Meaghan Mitchell can be reached at [email protected].
Jesse Rogala can be reached at [email protected].
  • I Just saw your segment on channel 7. And I think a great addition to your team would be myself an ER nurse of 12 years to discuss topics on health, wellness, medical and diet. I’ve recently relocated to the bay area after being a travel nurse all over the US for the past 10 years. I’ve seen so much all over this country. I have a ton of stories and experience to offer your program. Im very outgoing and have a “big” personality. Call or text me and lets chat. 303-717-3881.

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