Profile

Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper
P.O. Box 18883
Oakland, CA 94619
Phone: 415-538-2274
cooperclaire@
sbcglobal.net

City: Oakland

Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S. degree, 1956 – 1960
  • New York University, M.A. degree, 1960 – 1964; invitational seminar on democratic values, 1968 – 1969

Employment:
  • Freelance and volunteer writer and editor, specializing in legal affairs and  government, 2007
  • The Sacramento Bee, state capitol reporter, 1978 - 1984; legal affairs writer,  1984 – 2007
  • Rocky Mountain News, state and federal courts and government reporter, 1974 – 1978
  • American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union, writer, editor and  editorial director, 1965 – 1974

State Bar Activities: Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, public member, 2014 – present

Professional Memberships: Society of Professional Journalists, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2010; Excellence in  Journalism judge, 2010


Publications:
  • Several thousand, including these:
  • "Poor People, Poor Justice," a Sacramento Bee series of stories, 1985
  • "The Bird Court," a Sacramento Bee special supplement, 1986
  • "Untrue Confessions," Sacramento Bee series of stories, 1990
  • "Death Penalty and Race:  Scales of justice may weigh heavily against blacks," an Institute of Justice and Journalism report published in The Sacramento Bee, 2008
  • "Cocaine Justice: Cracked and broken," an Institute of Justice and Journalism report published in the San Francisco Chronicle, 2009

Other:
  • Reporter, MacArthur Metro, a neighborhood nonprofit newspaper, 2013
  • Reporter, writer and/or editor for periodicals in New York, New Jersey and Florida,     1956 – 1965
  • ACLU of Colorado, Board of Directors, 1975 – 1977

Activities:
  • Citizens of Oakland Responding to Emergencies (CORE), disaster response training
  • Walking, hiking, gardening, reading, travel, music, art