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Michelle Iracheta

Editor, Redwood City Pulse

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About Michelle
Michelle Iracheta helped launch the Redwood City Pulse in 2021 with the goal of bringing community news back to Redwood City. In her career spanning nearly a decade, Michelle has covered mental health, public safety, disability rights, education and city government.

Prior to joining the Pulse, Michelle worked at the Houston Chronicle, where she spent mornings writing about overnight mayhem and temperamental weather. Her work has also appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Seattle Times and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Aside from numerous newsroom awards, Michelle's reporting earned her a first-place Blethen Award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for her story about an ammonia leak that prompted hundreds of evacuations in a city outside Yakima, Washington.

She was also part of the team who earned recognition from the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors for its work on a story about a fatal chemical leak in Houston that killed four people.

Michelle, a Houston native, holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Houston. She loves exploring new restaurants and pubs with her mini doodle, Kooper.
Stories by Michelle
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office sounds alarm after recent residential break-in
Three masked people allegedly tried to force entry to a San Carlos home Friday, an incident that may be connected to recent burglaries in Atherton, West Selby and Redwood City, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.
[Saturday, September 16, 2023]

Police: Five people shot in Redwood City on Sunday morning
The Redwood City Police Department is searching for a man they said shot five people, including a 16-year-old boy, on Sunday morning, May 7.
[Monday, May 8, 2023]

Cyclist, 37, dies after car and bike collide on Cañada Road near Filoli Garden
The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision between a car and a bicycle that left 37-year-old Lester Legarda of South San Francisco dead on Cañada Road near the Fioli estate Monday night.
[Tuesday, April 11, 2023]

Legal challenge seeks to invalidate $889M in local bond measures, targets ballot labels
A legal challenge filed in the Superior Court of San Mateo County asserts that the ballot labels for two local school district bonds totaling $889.5 million recently approved by voters misled voters and did not comply with the law.
[Tuesday, April 4, 2023]

Sequoia Union High School District board unanimously appoints Crystal Leach as superintendent
The Sequoia Union High School District has a new superintendent: Crystal Leach, who previously served as interim superintendent after Mary Streshly resigned.
[Thursday, March 23, 2023]

Community calls for independent investigation into sexual abuse allegations against San Mateo County and probation officer
As San Mateo County battles a slew of lawsuits alleging it was negligent in how it handled sexual abuse and molestation complaints, community members have called on the board of supervisors to perform an independent investigation.
[Friday, March 10, 2023]

Lawsuits accuse San Mateo County of negligence, claim it was aware of sexual abuse
A now deceased probation officer who worked with young men and boys is at the center of 10 civil lawsuits recently filed against San Mateo County that allege the county was aware of sexual abuse within the probation department.
[Monday, February 27, 2023]

Sequoia district trustees get anti-bias training ahead of supe search
The Sequoia Union High School Board of Trustees racial bias ahead of their search for a new superintendent.
[Tuesday, February 14, 2023]

Local group pushing for sheriff oversight questions recent deaths at county jail
After two people died after being at Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City, a group pushing for civilian oversight of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is calling those deaths into question.
[Sunday, January 15, 2023]

New San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus to be sworn in Saturday
The first Latina sheriff in the history of San Mateo County will be officially sworn in on Saturday at an inauguration ceremony at the College of San Mateo.
[Saturday, January 7, 2023]