Samantha Bryson


University of California, Berkeley
August 2010 - May 2012
Specializing in long-form print and new media studies, with an international focus.
New York University
June 2009 - August 2009
Reported on breaking news and wrote features for the NYU Livewire site in Accra, Ghana through their summer Reporting Africa Program.
University of California, Los Angeles
September 2004 - June 2008
English major, with a minor in classical civilizations.

Published Stories:

Soldier fields call on mayor's old phone line
The Commercial Appeal
The story of a young man who ended up with Memphis mayor's old phone number.
For those "killed" by Social Security, life's hard
Commercial Appeal
Tells the story of Memphis residents mistakenly listed in the Social Security Administration's Death Master File
'Citizen U.S.A.': New documentary includes Memphis immigrant's story
Commercial Appeal
The premier of Alexandra Pelosi's latest documentary, Citizen USA, in Memphis.
Flood victims fight mold for pieces of lives
Commercial Appeal
Stories of survivors and clean up efforts during the Mississippi River flooding of 2011.
He loves the dead
Brink Magazine
A look at Oakland's most prominent crime scene cleaner.
Residents rally against foreclosure practices and to support reforms
Oakland North
Oakland residents demand answers from banks about unnecessary foreclosures
Riding the 14 Mission All Night Long
Mission Local
A live blogging experiment from San Francisco's most notorious bus route.
Screams and then a Suspicious Death at Mission SRO
Mission Local
Breaking coverage of a murder in the Mission.


Society of Professional Journalists 2012 Mark of Excellence Award (March 2012)
Awarded for excellence in the general news writing category
Playboy Art of the Interview Scholarship (June 2008)
Given to a UCLA student who displays excellence in journalistic interviewing

Work Experience:

Commercial Appeal  - Memphis TN  ( May 2011 - August 2011 )
General assignment reporting for a daily metropolitan newspaper.
Oakland North  - Oakland CA  ( January 2011 - May 2011 )
Produced written and multimedia content on a variety of subjects including gang injunctions, racial profiling and other breaking news.
Mission Local  - San Francisco CA  ( August 2010 - January 2011 )
Covered crime, elections and breaking news in San Francisco's Mission District
English Teacher
Children's Home Society and Family Services  - Addis Ababa None  ( August 2008 - January 2010 )
Taught English to native Amharic speaking 3rd and 5th graders at Children's Home Academy in Ethiopia.
The Daily Bruin  - Los Angeles CA  ( September 2007 - June 2008 )
Covered all aspects of campus life and breaking news for UCLA's award winning daily newspaper.