Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Staff

Street Roots Staff

Joanne Zuhl

Joanne Zuhl joined Street Roots in 2003 as a volunteer editor and today is the managing editor of the organization. A professional journalist since 1993, Joanne’s career has spanned civic affairs, business news, and providing state and national commentary for editorials. She was the editorial page editor at The Post-Crescent, a 55,000 daily circulation newspaper in Wisconsin, before deciding to leave corporate journalism and pursue nonprofit work in Portland, Oregon.

joanne (at) streetroots (dot) org

Israel Bayer

Israel Bayer has been working in the street newspaper movement for more than a decade. He has worked for Real Change, a street newspaper in Seattle, Washington and for the North American Street Newspaper Association. Israel is also a journalist, poet, photographer and painter.

israel (at) streetroots (dot) org

Caelin Miltko

Caelin Miltko comes to Street Roots and Portland by way of Missoula, MT and South Bend, IN. She is beyond excited to be back in the northwest for her JV Americorps year. She recently graduated the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English, Irish and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. She loves the opportunities presented by Street Roots in terms of learning about homelessness, poverty, and journalism in the United States.

Rosemary Wilson

Rosemary was born and raised in Australia and has called the US home for nearly two decades now. She has devoted her career to working with nonprofit organizations in areas including development and operations. When not at Street Roots, Rosemary enjoys traveling, playing the ukulele, and learning about life, the universe, and everything.

Monica Kwasnik

Monica was born and raised in Salem and studied journalism at the University of Oregon. With an emphasis on copy editing, she worked at newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Missouri before returning to Oregon in 2014. When not at Street Roots, Monica spends time with her daughter and husband and studies media management in grad school.

Scott Jackson

Scott grew up in the Seattle area and attended Seattle Pacific University where he studied Global Development. He is excited to be at Street Roots after serving his second year of service as a Jesuit Volunteer (JV) with the organization. He spent his first year as a JV with JOIN leading immersion experience and offering hospitality in a day space. He is passionate about ending homelessness and creating a community where all are welcome and can afford to live.  In his free time you may find him running, hiking, biking, reading, taking photos or attempting to start a garden.

Emily Green

Emily Green joined Street Roots as a volunteer and freelance writer in February of 2014. She was hired as Street Roots’ first full-time reporter 10 months later.Emily received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus on news/editorial from the University of Oregon where she worked as a reporter for Oregon Daily Emerald. Locally, her articles have appeared in Willamette Week and Portland Tribune. 

emily (at) streetroots (dot) org

Desmond Hardison

Desmond is one of the founding fathers of Street Roots, here from day one as a vendor. Desmond helped create the organization's first mission statement and the first Street Roots board. Desmond was also the principal fundraiser for Street Roots in the early days. "I love people, Street Roots and my co-workers. Oh, and my family!" Desmond is a disabled veteran living in Portland Oregon.

Pages

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots helps people reach their individual potential while giving them the sense of belonging and personal self worth.  What a gift this organization is to our community.

- Mary Edmeades, Vice President, Albina Community Bank
Subscribe to RSS - Staff