Casey Capachi

Casey is a multimedia, broadcast, and print reporter and a 2012-2013 Kaiser Permanente Institute of Health Policy Journalism Fellow. An avid mobile reporter she is also a contributor to the Mobile Reporting Field Guide (mobilereportingguide.com).

Her stories have appeared in print, magazine, radio, broadcast, and mobile form in such publications as The Plain Dealer, The Bay Citizen, Contra Costa Times, SFGate, KCSB 91.9 FM, among other places. She has worked on reports for NBC Nightly News, the TODAY Show, ABC7’s 7 On Your Side (KGO), and KTVU Channel 2 News.

Casey is in her final year as a student here at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where she is pursuing a double emphasis in Television and Multimedia. She also works as a Multimedia Graduate Student Researcher assisting others in learning and accessing tools for visual storytelling.

She is especially drawn to reporting on health care and health disparities. During the summer of 2012, Casey was a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Intern and health reporter at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. She covered the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s campaign stops in Northeast Ohio, and reported from Washington, D.C. for the International AIDS Conference.

A Bay Area native, Casey began her journalism career early in high school writing stories for the Feature section of the Contra Costa Times that went on to be re-published in over 50 publications. She interviewed and wrote front page features on teenage celebrities touring San Francisco such as Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum.

She is the recipient of the Pete Wilson Graduate Scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the Stan Gilliam Scholarship from the Sacramento Press Club, the Dean S. Lesher High School Newspaper Award for Best Column Writing, and was twice awarded a scholarship from the Asian American Journalists Association. She was also chosen to participate in the Student Newsroom covering the Online News Association's annual conference in San Francisco.

Her absolute favorite place to be is in a newsroom when there is breaking news.

Please visit Casey's website at www.caseycapachi.com.

Education:

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
August 2011 - May 2013
Double emphasis in Television and Multimedia
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
August 2010 - September 2010
Studied Chinese Language and Culture
University of Cambridge
June 2010 - July 2010
Studied Political Science and Psychology of Language at Pembroke College
University of California, Santa Barbara
September 2007 - June 2011
Double Major in Communication and Global Studies, Graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Dean's Honors

Published Stories:

Volunteers make the wait easier for those on heart transplant list
The Plain Dealer
Print - When you’re on the waiting list you think, ‘Have they forgotten about me?’ But I know they haven’t because Frank keeps calling me and I know I’m still in the registry,” says one woman waiting for a heart transplant.
Minds over memory: One family uses creativity to help others cushion the effects of dementia
The Plain Dealer
Print - Father-daughter duo, Charlie Farrell and Katie Norris, provide life-enrichment programming for those living with brain illnesses through the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health. The foundation is named in honor of their wife and mother Carol who is battling dementia.
Turning down hospital noise boosts healing power of quiet: UH project aims to improve patient comfort
The Plain Dealer
Print - University Hospitals nurse Kathleen Vidal hopes to silence the culture of noise in hospitals. She recently led a pilot project to reduce noise on floors of UH’s Lerner Tower.
Cleveland student shares his story about living with HIV at the International AIDS Conference
The Plain Dealer
Print - Since learning of his HIV-positive status at age 17, Lawrence Stallworth II has been sharing his story to educate other young people. “We have this golden opportunity to actually end the HIV and AIDS epidemic,” Stallworth said.
International AIDS Conference 2012: Ending AIDS, a subject of protest, presentations, and the first-ever national HIV/AIDS strategy
Cleveland.com
One of a series of blog posts reported from Washington D.C. for The Plain Dealer.
Native Americans work to revitalize California’s indigenous languages
Oakland North
Video - California was once home to over 300 Native American dialects and as many as 90 languages, making it the most linguistically diverse state in the US. Today, only about half of those languages are still with us.
Dancing readies moms for labor: Classes encourage a positive - even enjoyable - natural-birth experience
The Plain Dealer
Print - Dancing for Birth, a class combining elements of belly dancing, African, Latin, and Caribbean moves, is shaking things up for expectant mothers.
President Obama focuses on economy, health care in Parma campaign stop
The Plain Dealer
Print - President Barack Obama’s speech in Parma on Thursday night capped the first day of a two-day push through the battleground of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Despite state compromise, some seniors no longer eligible for adult day healthcare
Oakland North
Video - At LifeLong Medical Care in East Oakland, more patients have been found ineligible for the new Medi-Cal subsidized program set to replace adult day healthcare than LifeLong staffers expected.
Shelters may shorten the amount of time animals can stay to 72 hours
Oakland North
Video - Animal activists are up in arms over the budget cut they say turns back the clock on animal welfare over 100 years.
A Reprieve for Adult Day Health Care Centers
The Bay Citizen
Print - After two years of being threatened with complete funding cutoffs from the state, some of California’s adult day health care centers are finally seeing a ray of hope.
In West Oakland, artists build lifesize submarine merging nostalgia and futurism
Oakland North
Video - In West Oakland, a collective of artists called Five Ton Crane (5TC) turns "dreams into reality." Their Steampunk art installations are regularly featured at the annual Burning Man festival.
A special room, and a hospital program, for profoundly ill kids and their families
Oakland North
Print - “To have Jeffrey free of all machines, free of being poked, just free to die peacefully– that’s all we ever wanted for him,” said Tarassa Humphrey, who visited the Palliative Care program unit for the opening of the Reflection Room.
Oakland East Bay Symphony features renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner
Oakland North
Audio and text - Profile of professional pianist Sara Davis Buechner, formerly known as David Buechner before undergoing gender reassignment in 1998.
Souley Vegan brings an unexpected twist to Southern comfort food
Oakland North
Print - Feature on Oakland native Tamearra Dyson's award-winning Souley Vegan restaurant.
Oakland’s Art Deco Society hosts its 27th Gatsby Summer Afternoon
Oakland North
Audio slideshow and print - Colorful vintage parasols, drop-waist dresses, and newsboy caps dotted Oakland’s historic Dunsmuir Estate lawn as far the eye could see this Sunday for the Art Deco Society’s 27th Gatsby Summer Afternoon.
Germs infest SB waters
Daily Nexus
Print - The stormy weather soaking Santa Barbara County may have brought some nice swell with it, but with the rain comes bacteria-laden run-off and the threat of ocean-borne illnesses.

Awards:

Facebook Content Strategy Fellowship (April 2013)
Fellowship to attend Confab Minneapolis with the Facebook Content Strategy Team
Pete Wilson Graduate Scholarship, Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) (November 2012)
Granted to a graduate journalism student from the Bay area who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism
Kaiser Permanente Health Policy Journalism Fellowship (August 2012)
A fellowship promoting effective reporting on disparities in health and health care in the United States
Asian American Journalists Association SF Bay Area Chapter Scholarship (June 2012)
None
German Embassy Young Journalists Workshop (June 2012)
Represented the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Blog post for germany.info: http://bit.ly/OzTMQl
Sacramento Press Club Scholarship (April 2012)
Stan Gilliam Scholarship
Phi Beta Kappa Society (June 2011)
Inducted into nation's oldest academic honor society recognizing students for the excellence and breadth of their undergraduate scholarly accomplishments.
Asian American Journalists Association SF Bay Area Chapter Scholarship (June 2007)
None
Newspaper by the Bay Award (July 2006)
For Best Opinion Writing
Dean S. Lesher High School Newspaper Award  (June 2006)
For Best Column Writing

Work Experience:

Videographer/Intern
The Washington Post  - Washington DC  ( June 2013 - August 2013 )
Summer 2013 internship
Online News Association Student Newsroom 2012
Online News Association  - San Francisco CA  ( September 2012 - September 2012 )
Selected to provide multimedia coverage for the Online News Association's annual conference in San Francisco
Kaiser Family Foundation Media Intern
The Plain Dealer  - Cleveland OH  ( June 2012 - August 2012 )
Health reporter at The Plain Dealer covering health disparities, HIV/AIDS, health care reform, and Cleveland's health care industry and innovations, contributed reports from Washington, D.C. for the International AIDS Conference. Stories viewable at: http://connect.cleveland.com/user/capachi/index.html
Reporter
UCTV  - Berkeley CA  ( January 2012 - May 2012 )
Produce, shoot, and edit in-depth news pieces for CNS News, a program run by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Reporter
Oakland North  - Oakland CA  ( August 2011 - December 2011 )
Site-edited and produced video, radio, print, and audio slideshow pieces for the hyperlocal site funded by the Ford Foundation, breaking news coverage of Occupy Oakland. Stories viewable at: http://oaklandnorth.net/author/casey-capachi/
News Department Intern
KTVU Channel 2 News  - Oakland CA  ( June 2011 - August 2011 )
Accompanied reporters and photographers in the field for the 5 and 6 o'clock newscasts; Resume reel from shoots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAbqSYXbrqY&feature=plcp
ABC7's 7 On Your Side Intern
KGO-TV  - San Francisco CA  ( June 2011 - August 2011 )
Investigated consumer cases and pitched stories to go on air
Publicity Coordinator
UCSB Associated Students Program Board  - Santa Barbara CA  ( May 2010 - June 2011 )
Responsible for social media and developing the content in all ASPB advertisements including press releases, posters, slides, Facebook, email alerts, and website. Managed all press coverage and interviews backstage with artists (e.g. Cee Lo Green, Ellie Goulding, Neon Trees) including the annual Extravaganza music festival, attracting over 12,000 attendees
News Desk Intern
NBC News  - Burbank CA  ( June 2009 - August 2009 )
Researched content for NBC Nightly News and the Today Show, coordinated with NBC affiliate stations, assisted producers, and accompanied photographers in the field (e.g. during live coverage following Michael Jackson's passing)
Staff Writer
Daily Nexus  - Santa Barbara CA  ( January 2008 - June 2009 )
Reported for the County section of UC Santa Barbara's daily newspaper
Reporter and Announcer
KCSB Radio 91.9 FM  - Santa Barbara CA  ( January 2008 - June 2009 )
Produced and reported stories and PSAs for the Community News Report
Contributing Feature Writer
Contra Costa Times  - Walnut Creek CA  ( January 2005 - August 2007 )
Wrote stories for the Feature section as part of the Life in Perspective (L.I.P.) Board that were re-published in over 50 publications, interviewed and wrote front page features on teenage celebrities touring San Francisco (e.g. Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum)

Skills:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 6, Avid Media Composer, audio slideshows, Final Cut Pro 7, Grass Valley, health reporting, iNews, Motion, Movable Type, mobile reporting, Microsoft Office Suite, production lighting, ProTools, social media promotion, Soundslides, video editing, voiceover, WordPress
    Proficient in: Mandarin, Spanish, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, JSON, XML, APIs

Other Works:

The Mobile Reporting Field Guide: Reviews and tutorials especially designed for journalists reporting on mobile devices. Downloadable for free in iTunes.  Read more...

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Please visit Casey Capachi's YouTube Channel for all videos and resume reels.   Read more...