About

Who we are

The California Sun is written by Mike McPhate. He did the popular California Today newsletter for the New York Times.

Before that, he held reporting and editing jobs at the Times, the Washington Post, and other publications. He’s also been a forklift driver, a bagel server, a movie usher, a recycling coordinator, and a dog groomer. He likes ramen, guitars, and Brian Regan.



The California Sun is edited by Andrew Zahler. He worked as an editor and web producer for a decade before leaving his job at the New York Times to start a career in software development.

But his fascination with current events lives on. Usually in front of a screen, he occasionally goes offline for a walk in the woods.

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Email: mike@californiasun.co
Twitter: @mmcphate
Phone: 805-316-0407