Carly Nairn

Carly cut her teeth in reporting at Portland State University, first as a news reporter, then theatre critic, then Opinion pages editor, for the student newspaper The Daily Vanguard.

After several unpaid internships and a brief stint at a rural daily in the Northwest, she landed in U.C. Berkeley's graduate journalism program.

She has a deep and abiding love for the written word, and more recently, radio. She prefers reporting stories with strong investigative elements.

Carly is from Modesto, California, where the taco trucks rival the best Mexican places in the Mission District.


Portland State University
August 2006 - June 2008
Communication Studies degree. Lambda Pi Eta Honor recipient. Senior Debater for the college's British Parliamentary debate team.

Published Stories:

Ghost Town
Stevie Zine
A look at the sinking ghost town of Drawbridge near Fremont, Calif. for the online publication's "the West" inaugural issue.
The Call of the Wild
Carly Nairn, class of 2014, writes about wild animals living in America as pets, companions, and surrogate children.
Diving With Great Whites Off the California Coast
KQED "The California Report"
An audio postcard of a day spent aboard a boat with divers looking to spot great white sharks near the Farallon Islands.
Last Stand at the Bulb
San Francisco Bay Guardian
A follow-up story about the removal of a homeless encampment on the shoreline of an East Bay park.
Rhino-ER: Inside the Global Fight to Save a Species on the Brink
A multimedia website featuring original reporting on the rhino horn trade. Crossing three continents and various investigations, Rhino-ER seeks to examine, explain and analyze the trade, the people and solutions to rhino poaching and horn trade.
Battle of the Bulb
The San Francisco Bay Guardian
A narrative look at the eviction process of a long-standing homeless and art space in a former landfill on the shores of Albany, CA.
Time Well Spent
Brink Magazine
A profile piece on Mira Luna, an alternative economist that created a timebank for the Bay Area.
Long-Awaited Dolores Park Redesign Plans Unveiled
Mission Local
A look at how the Dolores Park Renovation Project is going by those involved in the process, and by those in the community.
The Sweet Science: Mission Trainer Kenneth Watson
Mission Local
A photo slide show of Mission trainer Kenneth Watson.
With Gang Charges Dropped, Elvira Zayas Case Spotlights the Controversy Over ‘Safety Zones’
Mission Local
Elvira Zayas was falsely accused of participation in a gang. She spent about a month in jail with a $1 million bail. The report shows an example of how gang injunctions can be misapplied.
Planned Parenthood and Pro-Life Advocates Clash Over Space in Front of Valencia St. Clinic
Mission Local
A report detailing the interaction and legal activities between protesters and Planned Parenthood in the Mission district.
Activists speak out at Chevron's shareholder meeting
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Carly Nairn writes about being at the scene of Chevron's annual shareholder meeting and the reactions of many activists against the energy giant.
Chevron's critics gather before annual shareholder meeting
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Pre-coverage of Chevron's shareholder meeting and reactions by various activists.


Mark Felt Scholarship 2013-2014 (May 2013)
A monetary scholarship for an in-depth investigative reporting project through the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. The project, entitled Rhino-ER, is a comprehensive, multinational look at the illegal rhino trade and its effect on economies, conservation, and international trade. The project includes multimedia, video, and text components.
2009 ONPA Collegiate Awards- Best Editorial (May 2009)

Work Experience:

KQED's "The California Report" Radio Intern
KQED  - San Francisco CA  ( May 2013 - August 2013 )
Creates stories for the Bay Area public radio station KQED, with particular emphasis on volunteer profiles, audio postcards from little-known places in California and a segment called "CA songs" about musicians who were influenced by the state. Also helps with the daily workings of producing the radio show.
News Intern
San Francisco Bay Guardian  - San Francisco CA  ( January 2011 - June 2011 )
Wrote short briefs to in-depth investigative pieces for the news team.
Education and Business beat reporter
The Lewis County Chronicle  - Centralia WA  ( November 2009 - February 2010 )
Reporter for rural Washington state. Covered local news, and worked as photographer.
Opinion Editor of The Daily Vanguard
The Daily Vanguard  - Portland CA  ( August 2008 - June 2009 )
As the opinion pages editor of the Portland State University daily newspaper The Vanguard, Carly was responsible for copy editing, fostering ideas, and helping with craft for 4-8 writers, selecting editorial comics, designing pages, including deciding illustrations, and managing the editorials of the paper. She also produced a weekly column while editor.
Arts Intern for The Portland Mercury
The Portland Mercury  - Portland CA  ( May 2008 - August 2008 )
Carly covered arts and culture as an intern for the alt-weekly paper The Portland Mercury in Portland, Oregon. She also transcribed interviews, input data for the web, covered events such as the annual Time-Based Art festival, and wrote blog entries.


  • public records searches, editing web videos , interviewing and editing content for radio.

    Web skills (HTML, Adobe Flash, Wordpress, Storify)

    Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • sound gathering, radio reporting and editing using software such as Hindenburg and Dalet.

Other Works:

A finalist for the short fiction writing competition 2009 Sledgehammer, Dead Air was a collaboration with Boise Weekly editor Josh Gross and written in 36 hours.   Read more...