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Alexandra Matthews

Alex Leeds 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.

Before coming to Berkeley for graduate school, Alex freelanced for Capitol Weekly in Sacramento and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, where she became fluent in Moroccan Arabic.

At the J-School, Alex is fine-tuning her past reporting experience and developing multimedia skills, like coding and data reporting. Her public health concentration is health policy and management, and her coursework includes biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics and finance and public health communications.


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


  • California Healthline/Kaiser Health News - Summer Intern

  • Capitol Weekly - Contributing Reporter


  • Sacramento Press Club 2018 Jean Stephens Scholarship

  • Sacramento Press Club 2017 Julie Soderlund Scholarship

  • UC Berkeley Dean's Merit Fellowship

  • Phi Beta Kappa 2013


  • California Healthline, July 3, 2018, https://californiahealthline.org/news/money-for-housing-californians-with-mental-illness-heads-to-ballot-box/

  • California Healthline, August 1, 2018, https://californiahealthline.org/news/moms-fight-back-against-violence-in-their-communities/

  • US News and World Report, June 22, 2018,

  • Washington Post, May 22, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/californias-deadly-std-epidemic-sets-record/2018/05/22/fa6f2caa-59b2-11e8-9889-07bcc1327f4b_story.html?utm_term=.323706b8aef8

  • 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/


  • UC Berkeley Women in Media

  • Online News Association

  • Association of Health Care Journalists


Health, Politics, Social Issues, Urban Reporting


Data journalism, Narrative Writing, New Media, Political Communication, Science Journalism