Mary Flynn

Mary Flynn is a Berkeley-based documentary filmmaker hailing from the "highly underrated" state of Wisconsin and a recent graduate of the documentary program at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In a previous life, Mary spent 8 years in the Army National Guard, serving two year-long deployments working in public affairs. She likes to seek out the opportunities to practice her shooting skills (cameras, not weapons...although she's not a bad marksman either) in both the everyday and in the unexpected, enjoys combining geocaching with beer sampling, and likes to laugh in general.


UC Berkeley
August 2009 - May 2011
University of Wisconsin
January 2001 - August 2006

Published Stories:

God? There's an App for That
Smartphone apps are making it easier to access religious texts, prayers and practices from anywhere.
OPD goes undercover to get young prostitutes off the street
Reporter Mary Flynn tags along with members of the Oakland Police Department's Child Exploitation Unit, as they conduct undercover operations to arrest prostitutes.
As more Oakland youth join the sex trade, law enforcement explores alternatives to incarceration
For decades, the law enforcement and justice systems have treated juvenile sex workers as criminals, not victims, arresting and locking them up. Now the Oakland Police Department, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and an Oakland nonprofit that works with sexually exploited youth are exploring alternatives to incarceration. But what’s the best way to do it?
Beer: the beverage of the people
Mary Flynn, class of 2011, covered for Oakland North the growing involvement with women in beer culture, including brewing and judging.
At police workshop, a warning primer on gangs
Mary Flynn, class of 2011, writes in about an Oakland Police Department workshop that set out to educate the public about gang activities in Oakland.
UC Berkeley students take over building in protest
Mary Flynn, class of 2011, produced this piece for, about the students and supporters who gathered on the UC Berkeley campus, while approximately 50 students had barricaded themselves inside Wheeler Hall in protest.
Never heard of "scraper bikes?" Watch this
Tyrone Stevenson Jr., alias the Scraper Bike King, celebrated the third annual Scraper Bike Day over Halloween weekend with an informal gathering at a park in East Oakland. The Scraper Bike community, an Oakland phenomenon that has gone international, was invited to come out and show off their bikes, listen to music, and watch an all-female performance team do a bike dance.
Volunteers solar-panel 16 houses in one day
Volunteers from GRID Alternatives work with Habitat for Humanity to provide solar panels to low-income family homes.
Guardsmen help make Rhythm and Booms a smashing success
Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs
Wisconsin National Guardsmen participate in the annual Rhythm and Booms Independence Day celebration in Madison, WI.


Gobind Behari Lal Award for Excellence in Reporting on a Science or Health Related Story (May 2011)
Thesis film, Angel for Hire
2009 National Guard Media Contest (March 2010)
1st Place - Television News Feature

Work Experience:

Associate Producer
Center for Investigative Reporting  - Berkeley CA  ( May 2011 - August 2011 )
Videographer, including light and stage interviews, record field audio, field production, archival research, assistant editor, transcribes interviews, production support.
News Intern (
ABC News  - New York NY  ( June 2010 - August 2010 )
Rewrite broadcast scripts for the web, specifically for the "Nightline" and "20/20" webpages. Pitch, cover and/or write news and feature pieces for web-based news site, Research and organize captions for online slideshows to accompany stories. Post stories to the web using Content Editor template.
Reporter  - Berkeley CA  ( August 2009 -  )
Wrote news and feature articles for web-based hyperlocal news site. Created audio-slideshows and video news packages for the web using Soundslides and Final Cut Pro.
Broadcast Journalism Non-Commissioned Officer
Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs  - Madison WI  ( April 2009 - August 2009 )
Wrote print articles for online publication on DMA website. Shot, wrote, produced multiple video packages, including command information, news packages, and an informational video demonstrating capabilities of the 54th Civil Support Team.
Media Relations/Broadcast Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) Public Affairs Office, 112th MPAD  - Guantanamo Bay None  ( April 2008 - March 2009 )
Organized and coordinated the 24-hour facilitation and escort of visiting members of domestic and international press corps for coverage of the military commissions proceedings and also for tours of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Oversaw production of video and radio news/feature packages, radio spots and command video production, and performed quality control on all released broadcast product. Provided media-relations training and materials for enlisted JTF-GTMO personnel and leadership. Supervised and handled personnel issues, maintain good order and discipline for up to 16 assigned Army and Navy troops
Public Affairs Specialist
National Guard Bureau  - Washington D.C. None  ( July 2007 - December 2007 )
Wrote print stories, shot still photos for National Guard publication, the On Guard. Provided analysis of news content for Guard-related issues, compiled reports of findings. Compiled Guard-related news articles for daily distribution to nationwide National Guard public affairs offices.
Special Projects Non-Commissioned Officer
Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Public Affairs Office  - Madison WI  ( September 2006 - June 2007 )
Researched, organized and scheduled logistics for Wisconsin National Guard Hall of Honor ceremony and Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs Conference. Wrote press releases and archived ceremony records, including database of nominee information, and facilitated selection boards. Provided public affairs support for Guard-related events: Governor’s inauguration, unit homecoming ceremonies, Wisconsin Military Achievement Awards.
Broadcast Journalist
Task Force Olympia, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Department  - Mosul None  ( December 2003 - January 2005 )
Regular production of news/feature packages, program production and co-host for Olympia Newsline, a bi-weekly news program aimed at audiences in Fort Lewis, WA. Collaborated with senior leadership to produce Task Force “End of Operations” video, and also for production of two “video newsletters” detailing unit’s experiences for family and friends. Wrote several articles for hometown newspapers detailing personal experiences.
Broadcast Journalism Non-Commissioned Officer
112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Wisconsin Army National Guard  - Madison WI  ( April 2001 - August 2009 )
Shot digital video for b-roll; interviews and archival purposes; interviewed civilian and military personnel; wrote and voiced scripts for :60-3:00 news/feature segments; edited and produced video packages using Avid Xpress DV and Adobe Premiere. Wrote print articles for At Ease (Wisconsin National Guard Publication). Supervised and handled personnel issues for, and provided guidance, training and leadership to assigned troops.


  • Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid Xpress DV, Soundtrack Pro, Soundslides, Photoshop, HTML and CSS, proficient working with Web design using WordPress platform, Social media, including Twitter, Vimeo, and Facebook.