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Berkeley Journalism mourns the death of Hale Zukas, friend and subject of Brad Bailey’s (’17) Student Academy Award-winning “Hale”

December 19, 2022

Berkeley-based disability rights pioneer Hale Zukas died on November 30th in Berkeley, California. He was 79 years old. Born with cerebral palsy, which significantly impaired his mobility and speech, doctors advised his parents to put him in an institution. Instead, they facilitated a full, productive life for him. His extraordinary life was celebrated in “Hale,”…

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Producer Rae de Leon’s (’14) “Victim/Suspect” to screen at the Sundance Film Festival

December 15, 2022

Reporter and producer Rae de Leon’s (’14) new documentary, “Victim/Suspect,” will screen as an official selection of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. The film is the result of a four-year investigation and features a first-of-its-kind case study of investigations in which police charged self-reporting sexual assault and rape victims with…

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Investigation by alums Meg Shutzer and Rachel Lauren Mueller runs on front page of The New York Times following film festival premiere

October 30, 2022

Two back-to-back suicides at a juvenile detention center in rural Louisiana raise troubling questions about the state’s justice system and exposes a legacy of abuse and neglect. The explosive findings by recent J-School graduates appear in a documentary short and on the front page of the country’s newspaper of record.   On Oct. 30, Berkeley…

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Major IRP investigation into non-fatal police shootings runs on front page of The Washington Post

October 21, 2022

On October 21, Berkeley Journalism alumnus Brian Howey (‘22) published a major investigation into non-fatal police shootings on the front page of The Washington Post. Howey collaborated with Wesley Lowery, one of the country’s premiere investigative reporters covering law enforcement, and Washington Post Data Editor Steven Rich on the story. Berkeley Journalism alums Bashirah Mack…

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J-School Faculty and Alumni Honored with News & Documentary Award Nominations

September 28, 2022

When the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards are presented on Wednesday (Sept. 28) and Thursday (Sept. 29) and by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 22 Berkeley Journalism alumni and faculty will be among the nominees being honored. We were thrilled to not only see veteran journalists Bill Whitaker (’78/’17) and…

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Alumni Portrait: Documentary Producer/Director Michael Milano

August 22, 2022

Michael Milano doesn’t like interviews. It is not that he doesn’t like people — he loves people, and people, generally, love him. But he says everything he wants to say is in his work. He gave very few interviews after his two widely acclaimed films came to light and those were not to the biggest…

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Pulitzer Prize board recognizes work of Berkeley J-School alumni at The Washington Post and NPR

June 21, 2022

On May 9, alumnae Sarah Cahlan (‘19), Ariel Plotnick (‘18) and Emma Brown (’09) were among the staff at The Washington Post awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the costs, causes and aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection. And Alsanosi Adam (’16) of NPR was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in…

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Faculty, Students and Alumna Honored at SPJ James Madison Freedom of Information Awards

April 26, 2022

On March 16, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter honored students Ari Sen, Freddy Brewster and Katie Licari-Kozak, lecturer Jim Wheaton and alumna Sukey Lewis at the 37th annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards. Jim Wheaton was honored with the Norwin S. Yoffie Career Achievement award. A founder of the Environmental Law…

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Berkeley Journalism Collaboration, Students and Alumni Honored with Peabody Nominations

April 22, 2022

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has announced 60 nominees representing “the most compelling and empowering stories” in broadcasting and streaming media in 2021. One of the nominees is a collaboration between Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program, FRONTLINE and ProPublica. The other four standouts were produced by students and alumni of the school. Following its…

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Alumni Portrait: Greg Winter, International Managing Editor of The New York Times

March 23, 2022

As is the case with many others in his position, Greg Winter did not enter journalism intending to become an editor. In fact, he was passionate about public policy and social issues. As an architecture student at Brown University in the early 1990s, Winter used the school’s unique interdisciplinary program to focus on public policy…

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