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Industry Local news, Hyperlocal media
Founded 2007
Headquarters Concord, California, USA
Key people
The Mayor of Claycord, founder
Slogan "News & Talk"
Website News & Talk[1] is an independent news blog.

History[edit] was started in May 2007 by an anonymous man who refers to himself as the "Mayor of Claycord". According to interviews, he has previous experience in radio news as a professional journalist.[2] He has been interviewed by Diablo Magazine,[3] SFGate,[2] Contra Costa Times[4] and Street Fight Magazine.[5]

It makes extensive use of information received from readers and most news stories appear in real time.[2] This keeps residents and interested parties up to date on the local news and local activities. The Mayor of Claycord exercises editorial control and he has a reputation for fact-checking and honesty.[3]

Claycord (CLAY-kərd) is a portmanteau of the two major cities served (Clayton and Concord).


  1. East Bay Press Club: Best Bay Area Blog (2008,[6] 2009,[7] 2010)[8]
  2. CBS San Francisco's Most Valuable Blogger Awards: Local Affairs (2011)[9]
  3. Diablo Magazine Best of The East Bay: Local Blog (2012)[10]

Featured and notable stories[edit]

News stories from have been featured or referenced on local San Francisco Bay Area news.[11][12] Stories have been cited on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC & in the Wall Street Journal.[citation needed] was the first news source to identify Phillip Craig Garrido as the man held in custody for the kidnapping, imprisonment and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard.[3]

Collaboration[edit] now collaborates with The Concordian, a print newspaper, to provide printed content to local readers.

Area served[edit] covers the beat of Contra Costa County, California, US and includes the physically adjacent cities and towns of Clayton, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Pacheco, Shore Acres, Clyde, Vine Hill, and Port Chicago, CA.


  1. ^ "About & Terms of Use". Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b c "3 questions: the Mayor of Claycord". SFGate. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "More with the Mayor". Diablo Publications. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Mayor of Claycord won't reveal his identity". Contra Costa Times. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Under a Bushel in Bay Area, a Model for Hyperlocal". Street Fight. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  6. ^ Mara, Janis (2009-05-30). "Times, Tribune, sister papers win 28 awards from East Bay Press Club". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Oakland Tribune, sister papers win 27 awards from East Bay Press Club". Oakland Tribune. 2010-06-29. 
  8. ^ "East Bay Press Club hands out honors to Bay Area News Group - San Jose Mercury News". Mercury News. 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  9. ^ "CBS San Francisco's Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011". CBS Local SF Bay Area. 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  10. ^ "2012 Best of the East Bay Winners — Index". Diablo Publications. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  11. ^ "Stolen Car Slams Through Pleasant Hill Staples Store". Kron4. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  12. ^ Hurd, Rick (2013-04-11). "Concord -- Oak Grove teacher on leave after video shows student apparently being tapped with object". Bay Area News Group. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 

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