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

Chloe Catajan

Chloe Catajan
Staffing Manager

Max Heilman

Max Heilman
New Music Editor

Punitma Malhotra

Punitma Malhotra
Website Director


Mike DeWald

David Gill

Piper Westrom

Nick Gumas

Lea Blevins

Mike Smyth

Brent Hankins

Rachel Goodman

Aarushi Nanda

Amelia Parreira

Josh Rosen

Alexander Baechle

Tony Hicks

Josiah Skallerup

Justin Allen

Mary Hughes


Gary Chancer
Sr. Photographer

Joaquin Cabello

Karen Goldman

Steve Carlson

Kate Vides

Martin Lacey

Jane Hu

Sean Liming

Norm de Veyra

Alessio Neri

Adam Pardee

Derek Tobias

Julia Kovaleva

Marisela Delgado

Kelly Owen

Manny Gonzalez

Jennifer Gokhman, Copy chief
Jan Montry, Copy editor

All-Star alumni

Nick DiCicco (co-founder)
Celine Teo-Blockey
Brandi Smith

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