By Aashna Malpani (‘21) Rudabeh Shahbazi has trudged alone through swamps and braved unbearable heat and cold, laden with heavy camera equipment, just to get a story. She graduated from the J-School in the middle of an economic downturn but was willing to do all that work solo just to make it. “While other Berkeley…

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If any journalist can attest to the value of digging into surprising finds or leveraging even the most tenuous connections, it’s The New York Times’ David Gelles. That kind of tenacity got the reporter and columnist a Page 1 credit in the Times when he was five weeks into journalism school and, several years later,…

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Members of the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Press Democrat scoop journalism’s top prize for breaking news. Five UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alums were among those honored with Pulitzer Prizes this year, when The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif., earned journalism’s top prize for breaking news. Kathleen Lund Coates (’78), Robert Digitale (’79), Julie…

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It was April 1992, and Sam Green had never been to Los Angeles before. A first-year student in the School of Journalism’s documentary program, he had volunteered to help a classmate shoot a video story on bilingual education in the city. It was a Wednesday, and the two friends had packed their supplies and one…

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It was luck more than anything that got one of the country’s foremost Washington, D.C. journalists into the news business in the first place. Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent at NPR’s Washington Desk, went to Stanford University without giving The Stanford Daily much thought. He got a Master’s in English from the University of…

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Neanderthals, bipedal black bears, lesbian albatrosses, and wallets returned to their owners after being lost for decades: the cornucopia of subjects tackled by Jon Mooallem are matched only by their quirkiness. The New York Times Magazine contributing writer’s work has run in publications like California Sunday Magazine, Slate, and ESPN The Magazine, and in podcasts…

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Even for a seasoned statehouse reporter like John Myers, the last year has been an unusual one in the California capital. The election last November of Donald Trump “has shaken up the political order of Sacramento,” said the 1995 graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Myers, The Los Angeles Times’ Sacramento bureau…

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