Katherine McLean

I'm a second-year student focused on documentary filmmaking and writing. During my time at Berkeley, my stories have appeared in the Bay Area pages of The New York Times and the Bay Citizen, and my video work has appeared on pbs.org.

Before my Berkeley experience, I had been working in the field of documentary production for five years, most recently as an associate producer on a PBS adaptation of "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan. I have experience assistant editing, doing sound, finding characters and archival footage and organizing international shoots.

I hope you'll take a look at my resume below, and send me an email if you have any questions.

Education:

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
September 2009 - June 2011
None
UC Santa Cruz
September 1999 - June 2003
Majored in journalism. Highest honors, honors thesis.

Published Stories:

Proposal for Marijuana Factories Prompts a Battle for Control
The New York Times/ The Bay Citizen
Interesting times in Oakland...
Judge, Experts Mull Meaning of Marriage
The Bay Citizen
Covering part of this landmark case was incredibly exciting.
Are there pesticides in your pot?
The Bay Citizen
My investigation of illegal pesticides used by indoor marijuana growers was published in the very first edition of the brand-new Bay Citizen.
Pot: Not so green after all?
Need To Know on pbs.org
Do large-scale pot farms harm the environment? The answer is yes, according to one Humboldt county native who says many neighbors are big growers. This video appeared on the web site of PBS program "Need to Know."
Is gecko tape the future of adhesives?
CNS News
A fun little science story on new adhesives based on the mechanism that geckos use to walk up walls. Produced, shot and edited in just one day.
Haitian dancers raise money for loved ones in Haiti
oaklandnorth.net
After the earthquake, Haitian dancers Portsha Jefferson and Colette Eloi were hearing from loved ones in Haiti who needed help. So they came together with other artists in Oakland, California to perform at a benefit concert. The money they raised was sent directly to friends and family in Haiti, where it will be distributed in their communities
That doesn't give you the right to pull a gun on me, sir.
oaklandnorth.net
A multimedia package about teenagers living with violence in East Oakland. Produced with Mario Furloni and Richard Parks, with multimedia production by Tasneem Raja.

Awards:

Honorable Mention, Team Journalism, Best of the Web (May 2010)
For "That doesn't give you the right to pull a gun on me, sir." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting (April 2010)
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Award, for "That doesn't give you the right to pull a gun on me, sir." Shared with Mario Furloni and Richard Parks.
The Award for Excellence in New Media (April 2010)
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Award, for "That doesn't give you the right to pull a gun on me, sir." Shared with Mario Furloni and Richard Parks.
The Producer's Institute for New Media (June 2007)
MacArthur Foundation-sponsored residency for teams of filmmakers developing web 2.0 and interactive storytelling platforms.

Work Experience:

Intern
The Bay Citizen  - San Francisco CA  ( May 2010 - August 2010 )
As an intern reporter at The Bay Citizen, I worked full time to cover stories on topics ranging from the federal Prop. 8 trial to illegal pesticides in pot. While I was there, two of my stories appeared in the Bay Area Pages of the New York Times.
Reporter
Oaklandnorth.net  - Berkeley CA  ( September 2009 - December 2009 )
Reporter for Oaklandnorth.net, a hyper-local Oakland news site and a project of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Wrote 700 to 3,000 word clips on general topics.
Associate Producer
Kikim Media  - Menlo Park CA  ( September 2008 - September 2009 )
Associate Producer for “The Botany of Desire,” a two-hour primetime PBS Special based on the book by Michael Pollan (broadcast Oct. 28, 2009). Booked shoots, found characters and archival footage, edited DVD extra videos, wrote and reported features for website.
Writer/researcher
Fluent Studios  - San Francisco CA  ( September 2007 - October 2007 )
Freelance writer and researcher for a feature on PBS Engage website. Compiled census data and other statistics to create the web feature “Test Your Knowledge.”
Associate Producer
Exit 77 Films  - Berkeley CA  ( March 2007 - May 2007 )
Associate Producer for the PBS documentary “Tulia, Texas” (broadcast on Feb. 10, 2009): Archival research, production support and management.
Associate Producer
The Working Group  - Oakland CA  ( June 2004 - January 2008 )
Associate Producer for various documentary projects, including The Fire Next Time (broadcast on PBS series POV in 2005) and Not In Our Town Northern California (broadcast on KQED, 2005): assistant editing, field audio recording, archival research, online edit supervisor, web content production, grant writing.
Reporter
KAZU 90.3 FM  - Pacific Grove CA  ( June 2003 - June 2004 )
Reporter for regional public radio station: Wrote and delivered radio newscasts and feature stories on general topics in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
Intern/ reporter
The Santa Cruz Sentinel  - Santa Cruz CA  ( June 2001 - January 2002 )
500 to 700 word clips on education, housing, business, non-profits and other topics as assigned.

Skills:

  • Experienced editor with Final Cut Pro. Proficient in Photoshop, DVD Studio Pro, Flash, Wordpress, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, HTML and CSS.

Other Works:

A multimedia package about teenagers living with violence in East Oakland. Published on oaklandnorth.net  Read more...