Lucy Peterson

The Mendocino Voice

Reporter Profile

Lucy Peterson reports on county government for The Mendocino Voice, which covers news across Mendocino County, California. A recent graduate of The University of Kansas, Peterson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in political science and French. She spent several years reporting for the student paper, The University Daily Kansan, winning local and regional journalism awards, and helped direct coverage that won an Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker Award. In 2021, she was recognized as a White House Correspondents’ Association Scholar for her work at the paper. Peterson has interned at The Kansas City Star, the Dow Jones News Fund, and reported on local businesses in her hometown, Denver, Colorado.

Beat: Mendocino County government

County government is the main political body for the majority of Mendocino County residents, living in unincorporated areas. Reporting focuses on the four city councils, the planning commission, the police, and the special districts that govern essential local services such as fire, water and community infrastructure. This bilingual multimedia reporter informs readers how and when to participate in local community meetings and become more engaged.