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Alumni Portrait: Rudabeh Shahbazi

May 29, 2020

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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Writer and historian Elena Conis (’04) awarded tenure

July 18, 2018

Dr. Elena Conis, a 2004 graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, has been promoted to associate professor at the School. Conis, a writer and historian specializing in medicine, public health, and the environment, has 14 years of teaching experience. Since returning to Berkeley in 2016, she has taught J200, the School’s intensive…

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Alumni Portrait: New York Times Reporter and Columnist David Gelles

July 17, 2018

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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Alumni Portrait: Washington Post National Security Correspondent Nick Miroff

May 4, 2018

Nick Miroff doesn’t write about the happiest stories in the world. Soon after he started full-time at the Washington Post, there was the massacre at Virginia Tech. He covered opioid addiction in Appalachia before the rest of the country knew the devastating extent of the crisis. Earlier this year, he laid out what would happen…

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Alumni Portrait: Acclaimed Filmmaker Sam Green (’93)

March 12, 2018

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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Alumni Portrait: NPR Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving

November 28, 2017

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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Alumni Portrait: Writer Jon Mooallem

October 23, 2017

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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Alumni Portrait: Los Angeles Times Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers

October 3, 2017

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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Alumni Portrait: Award-Winning Producer Daffodil Altan

July 25, 2017

Photo: Jacqui Ipp (’16)

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Alumni Portrait: Producer Jeffrey Plunkett

May 5, 2017

Jeffrey Plunkett (second from left) with the creators of The Circus.

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