Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel

Berkeleyside co-founder, journalist and writer

Frances Dinkelspiel is a co-founder of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s online newspaper. She is a professional journalist and author.

Her most recent book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California is a chronicle of big egos, bold Cabernets, and brazen wine wars.

Her book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November 2008, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Frances is a former staff reporter for the Syracuse Newspapers and the San Jose Mercury News. Her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press and San Francisco Magazine.