.Peter Byrne

Northern California-based journalist Peter Byrne combines investigative reporting with science writing. He has received national, regional, and local recognition for investigative work, writing style, and in-depth profiles of politicians, grifters, grafters, and… artists. Read his past work at www.peterbyrne.info.
Photo by Peter Byrne
Oct 15, 2023

Opinion: An eye for an eye in Gaza?

On Saturday, in San Francisco, the morning was momentarily darkened by a “ring of fire” solar eclipse. After the sun re-emerged, thousands of grieving...
Point Reyes National Seashore B Ranch seals - Peter Byrne
Feb 2, 2023

Ranches Poisoning Point Reyes National Seashore with Manure

January storms lashed a hilltop cattle feedlot at J Ranch in Point Reyes National Seashore. Tons of E. coli, ammonia, and nitrogen laden manure...
@iliketuleelk/Twitter - Point Reyes National Seashore fence
Jan 17, 2023

Point Reyes Fence Killer Confesses in Anonymous Letter

An anonymous vandal is drawing attention to the historic plight of hundreds of Tule elk trapped behind a wire and post fence at the...
E Ranch Garbage Dump - Jocelyn Knight
Nov 16, 2022

The befouling of Point Reyes National Seashore

It’s an October morning at Point Reyes National Seashore and I’m scooting under barbed wire fences, wary of sliding into cow pies.  My guide on...
Photo by Marin Resource Conservation District
May 25, 2022

Paradise Cost: The Price of Supporting Private Ranching With a Sales Tax

Chief Marin, Leader, Rebel, and Legend by Betty Goerke traces how European settlers drove Indigenous peoples out of Marin County with guns, crosses and...
Dec. 5, 1920 - Sonoma County Jail
Mar 16, 2022

The Shame of Santa Rosa: Whiteness, and the Culture of Lynching

In early March, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors honored retiring Press Democrat reporter Gaye LeBaron for “chronicling the people, culture and history of...
Richard C. Blum
Mar 2, 2022

Richard C. Blum is Dead, but not (yet) Forgotten

Every day in the fog-caressed city of San Francisco, a half dozen souls are overwhelmed by the Big Sleep. But on Feb. 28, 2022...
Sep 14, 2021

Come Together: Planetary Crossroads and a Letter From Afghanistan

On Saturday morning, Sept. 11, 2021, the names of Mary Moore, Fred Ptucha, Adrienne Lauby and Rep. Barbara Lee were added to the Living...