Shirley Lau


Shirley Lau is an arts and culture beat reporter for Oakland North and can be easily spotted at local food festivals and cultural events. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from California State University, Fresno in 2007. While at Fresno State she was a reporter for the university’s award-winning student-run newspaper, The Collegian. She reported on a range of topics but focused on the “faces and places” of the Central Valley—her home for the last 24 years. Before beginning her journey as a grad student, Lau was an intern at Fresno Magazine, a monthly Central Valley lifestyle magazine. After her internship, she worked her way up the ranks and became the Associate Editor and managed the magazine as well as its four ancillary publications.

Stories by Shirley

So you think you know Lake Merritt?

This interactive tests your knowledge on the history of Lake Merritt. See if you’re an Oaklander who knows the roots of one of the city’s...

Oakland exhibit shows social movement through posters

Michael Rossman amassed 23,500 progressive social movement posters throughout his life as a free speech activist who also dabbled in arts, politics and science. Rossman...