About RIFF


RIFF is the “why” in music journalism. We approach music coverage differently. Started by newspaper, TV and radio journalists to pick up the slack left behind by crumbling traditional media but without disposing its find-the-story-at-all-costs doggedness and respect for language, RIFF’s unique mission is to tell the best story, to influence opinion and to cultivate talent. Our editorial management team is composed of journalists, many with names you may recognize. Our contributors are musicians and music industry veterans who know what they’re talking about. RIFF also cultivated a training ladder with San Francisco State University, giving journalism students real-world experience. Our operations team comes from the tech world, engaging our audience in new, innovative ways. RIFF is run by newspaper veterans Roman Gokhman and Daniel J. Willis (Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times).

Roman Gokhman

Roman Gokhman


Daniel J Willis

Daniel J. Willis
Managing Editor

Alessio Neri

Alessio Neri
Photography Co-Editor

Gary Chancer

Gary Chancer
Photography Co-Editor

Chloe Catajan

Chloe Catajan
New Music Editor

Eugene Yaramenko

Eugene Yaremenko
Website Manager

Punitma Malhotra

Punitma Malhotra
Website Editor


Alicia Kamenick

Brandi Smith
Senior reporter

Shane Johnson

David Gill

Heather Ah San

Hillary Manton Lodge

Kyle Kohner

Layla Bohm

Lea Blevins

Michael Massaro

Rachel Goodman

Rick Starbuck

Natan Ovadia

Celine Teo-Blockey

Joshua D. Huver

Justin Allen


Jon Bauer

Kate Vides

Nick DeCicco

Jason Demetillo

Johan Doornenbal

Daniel Lee

Karen Goldman

Lorenz Angelo Gonzales

Steve Carlson

Paige K. Parsons

Rachael Woods Carter


Jennifer Gokhman, Copy chief
Jan Montry, Copy editor
Lorenz Angelo Gonzalez, Video editor
Brandi Smith, Podcast editor
Jay Nevel, Advertising manager

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