Alexandra Matthews

Alex Matthews

Class of 2019

Alex is a student in the joint degree program with the School of Public Health. She will complete both her MJ and her MPH in spring 2020.

Alex graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in sociology.  Immediately after, she started interning with Capitol Weekly, where she still provides in-depth policy and politics reporting as a freelance contributor. She took a break from journalism in January 2014 to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, returning in October 2015. That experience helped spark her interest in public health and give her a more global perspective as a reporter. She has also worked for various scientific organizations, collecting data for a public safety study for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and as a communications assistant for the Open Access scientific journal PLOS.

At the School of Journalism, Alex is learning to integrate data into her reporting and brushing up on new forms of media such as interactive news features, data visualization, and podcasting. Through her public health curriculum, she will gain advanced skills and knowledge in biostatistics, health policy, management, and administration.

EDUCATION

  • University of California, Berkeley - B.A. Sociology

EMPLOYERS

  • Capitol Weekly - Contributing Reporter

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Sacramento Press Club 2017 Julie Soderlund Scholarship

  • UC Berkeley Dean's Merit Fellowship

  • Phi Beta Kappa

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • Richmond Confidential, December 18, 2017, Data visualization and reporting on Richmond, California's limited healthcare providers and the city's innovative response. http://richmondconfidential.org/2017/12/18/were-in-a-crisis-richmond-tests-public-health-innovation-in-health-care-desert/

  • Capitol Weekly, February 4, 2016, In-depth reporting on the firing of Coastal Commission executive director Charles Lester. http://capitolweekly.net/coastal-commission-lester-ouster-job-environmentalists-coup/

  • California Health Report, August 14, 2013, Reporting on the Assembly's select committee on the Status of Young Men and Boys of Color, https://www.calhealthreport.org/2013/08/14/looking-for-answers-for-boys-and-men-of-color/

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • UC Berkeley Women in Media member

  • Online News Association student member

REPORTING INTERESTS

Health, Politics, Social Issues, Urban Reporting

MEDIA PLATFORMS

Data journalism, Narrative Writing, New Media