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

Punitma Malhotra

Punitma Malhotra
Website Director

Max Heilman

Max Heilman
Tuesday Tracks Editor

Tim Hoffman

Tim Hoffman
Album Review Editor


Max Heilman

Mike DeWald

David Gill

Piper Westrom

Lea Blevins

Alexander Baechle

Amelia Parreira

Rachel Goodman

Aarushi Nanda

Tony Hicks

Brent Hankins

Sam Richards

Josiah Skallerup

Layla Bohm

Skott Bennett


Gary Chancer
Sr. Photographer

Steve Carlson

Karen Goldman

Onome Uyovbievbo

Kate Vides

Martin Lacey

Jane Hu

Sean Liming

Derek Tobias

Alessio Neri

Adam Pardee

Mike Smyth

Aaron Marquez

Nick Gendry

Matt Pang

Jennifer Gokhman, Copy chief
Max Heilman, Tuesday Tracks editor

All-Star alumni

Nick DiCicco (co-founder)
Joaquin Cabello
Brandi Smith

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