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Academy Forum: Streets of SF with Heather Knight

Join San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Heather Knight and photographer Gabrielle Lurie in a conversation about their poignant, in-depth reporting on the human faces behind the many crises plaguing the Tenderloin. Moderated by Dr. Ish Ruiz.

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Academy Forum: Streets of SF with Heather Knight

Time & Location

Feb 03, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Academy, 2166 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA


About the Event


This outdoor event is available for Club Members and their guests, and by special invitation from The Academy. Please contact us at to request an invite.


Join SF Chronicle Columnist Heather Knight and photographer Gabrielle Lurie in a conversation about their poignant, in-depth reporting on the human faces behind the many crises plaguing the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. The event will be moderated by Dr. Ish Ruiz, and will include a Q&A session.


General admission; $20 suggested donation (collected at the event); 100% of proceeds donated to Walden House, a non-profit organization serving people with mental health and substance use disorder issues  throughout California.


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Per SFDPH requirements, masks are required indoors, as well as proof of valid vaccination for those who wish to remain indoors. Our full safety information can be found HERE. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase. Academy Social Club Members receive certain beverages complimentary. Ask your bartender or host for details.


The Club will also be open during regular hours (Wednesday 5-10pm) for Members and their guests who do not wish to attend or do not have a ticket for this event. For reservations, click here.


Heather Knight has been the San Francisco Chronicle’s City Hall columnist for five years, focusing on reported commentary that seeks to hold the city’s most powerful leaders to account and inform the public about key issues including housing, homelessness, education, equity and the current drug overdose crisis. She joined the newspaper as a reporter in 1999 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in English and communication. She also co-hosts “Total SF,” a podcast focused on wonderful and whimsical side of San Francisco with new episodes every Friday. Knight’s awards include first place in column writing in 2021 and 2018 from Best of the West; top California columnist in 2020 from the California Newspaper Publishers Association; first place from the national Society of Features Journalism for 2019 and numerous other awards.


Gabrielle Lurie is a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Originally from Washington D.C Gabrielle previously worked as a freelancer in the Bay Area where she photographed for clients like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied fine art photography and art history. Gabrielle focuses on longer term stories on topics ranging from homelessness and wildfires to immigration and wealth disparity. Most recently she began organizing the Bay Area Women Photograph group where photographers in the Bay Area gather for events, to share ideas and collaborate on work. Her images have been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, The 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, American Photography, the Emmy Awards and more.





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    $20 suggested donation, collected at the event. 100% of proceeds go to Walden House


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