Andy Bosselman

Andy Bosselman

Writer: Copy, Content, Journalism

I'm an award-winning writer who's covered everything from grubby buses and gleaming buildings to whimsical public art and luxury wrinkle creams. Reach out, let's work together.

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The survivor of a mass shooting, his life changed today. And tonight, he’s all alone.

KALW News: At about 8:45 this morning, “Mr. O,” a UPS worker who sorts packages, was finishing a shift that started at 3 am. Then a mass shooting broke out.

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City Launches Task Force To Study Safe Sites For Injection Drug Users

San Francisco's population of injection drug users—estimated at 22,500—are more likely to contract HIV, hepatitis C, and skin infections, which are costly to treat. A new task force will look at whether the city should provide safe spaces for them to shoot up.

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Meet Mokhtar, The Yemeni-American Whose Extraordinary Coffee 'Builds Bridges, Not Walls'

Four years ago, Mokhtar Al-Khanshali had never tried good coffee. Now the Yemeni-American imports coffees consistently rated among the best in the world. As he helps to rebuild Yemen's coffee industry, he must return there often. In 2015, civl war broke out and he was forced to make a dangerous escape. But he kept going back. Today his coffees cross cultures, boundaries, and messy politics to bring people together over a wonderful experience.

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Revamped: Charting a future on the site of an old architectural gem.

In 1954 a young architect named I.M. Pei stood before city officials and media to unveil his plans for Denver's first high-rise hotel complex. Pei, who would become one of the world's preeminent architects, pledged that no expense would be spared in order "to make Denver proud of the development."

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Wildly Inaccurate NextBus Predictions Continue

As any regular rider knows, Muni does a lot to earn its status as the least reliable major transit system in America. For many of its 300,000 daily riders, the one thing that makes it workable is real-time arrival information accessed via websites, mobile apps, or NextBus displays at transit stops. But soon after the new year arrived, the system started showing wildly inaccurate information.

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A party and a protest, Trump era changes San Francisco's Pride ...

It’s Pride week in San Francisco. This year, activities range from a barbecue for bisexuals to Friday’s trans march. The largest event is Sunday’s parade, and after political wins like gay marriage, the event has turned into a big party.

Corporate sponsors like Google, Whole Foods, and Bud Light have joined the fun, but that’s creating tension with activists.

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Is the L.A. Times out to destroy California High-Speed Rail?

A recent story that violated good journalistic practices led to new calls to cut funding for California High-Speed Rail. I broke down the story’s sources. I asked media watchdogs to weigh in. And I talked to the reporter behind the problematic coverage.

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Meet Eddie Baba: Once An Iranian Refugee, Now A San Francisco Attorney

In 1979, as the Islamic Revolution got started in Iran, Eddie Baba was just five years old. His father had just died and the family was Christian at a time when religious persecution seemed close at hand. With an older brother nearing the age when boys could be recruited into the army, Eddie’s mom feared for their safety.

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Scoop: City Looks To Replace Dog Waste Stations Destroyed By Haight Vandals

Need a bag to pick up your dog’s poop? Don’t forget to bring your own because vandals destroyed all of the dispensers of free dog waste bags on Haight Street.

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On A Challenging Day, Finding Optimism In The Upper Haight

San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district is one of the most left-leaning neighborhoods in one of the most politically progressive cities in America. Here, as we inaugurate a new president, many find the world that’s unfolding around us troubling.

But for all of the fear and anxiety, we had a look around the neighborhood and had no trouble finding people whose joy, optimism, and adorable smiles uplift the neighborhood.

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San Francisco Chronicle

How to get San Francisco's Muni moving faster

Muni will carry 700,000 riders today, ranking it as the most heavily traveled transit system in the Bay Area. But as you read this, many buses and trains are at a standstill. They’re stopped as people fumble with dollar bills and coins to pay the fare, needlessly creating delays that our lurching transit system can’t afford. There are many ideas to speed up Muni, but one stands out as incredibly cheap and easy: offer a discount as an incentive for paying electronically rather than with cash.

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The Denver Post

Denver’s guru of letterpress design finds himself on museum walls

It’s easy to spot Rick Griffith around town. The Denver-based graphic artist — with the scholarly spectacles, punk-rock roots and hair that soars like lightning bolts from the sides of an otherwise bald head — is a regular at local museums and coffeehouses where he often holds court with the city’s most arty crowds.

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How to Shave If You Have Acne

Andy Bosselman, founder of the San Francisco-based skin care company Arithmetic, shares his best tips for getting the smoothest shave of your life, regardless...

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The Examiner

Bosselman: Mayor and supervisors should ride Muni with the rest of us

Twenty-two years ago, San Francisco voters approved a proposition requiring city officials to ride city buses and trains to and from work at least twice......