Alexandra Matthews

Alex Leeds Matthews

Class of 2020

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. Last summer, she was an intern at Kaiser Health News’ California bureau, where her reporting appeared in KHN, California Healthline, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and US News and World Report.

At the J-School, Alex is focused on writing, as well as coding and data reporting. Her public health concentration is health policy and management, which involves coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health care finance and management.

EDUCATION

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

EMPLOYERS

  • California Healthline/Kaiser Health News - Summer Intern

  • Capitol Weekly - Contributing Reporter

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Sacramento Press Club 2018 Jean Stephens Scholarship

  • Sacramento Press Club 2017 Julie Soderlund Scholarship

  • UC Berkeley Dean's Merit Fellowship

  • Phi Beta Kappa 2013

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • California Health Report, October 25, 2018, Liver Cancer in People of Color, https://www.calhealthreport.org/2018/10/25/people-color-face-higher-rates-hep-c-deadly-cases-liver-cancer/

  • US News & World Report, August 24, 2018, Profile of CalPERS health chief, https://www.usnews.com/news/healthcare-of-tomorrow/articles/2018-08-24/calpers-health-chief-utilizes-data-to-affect-californias-health-care-costs

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

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

  • Washington Post, May 22, 2018, STDs set record in California, 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/

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • UC Berkeley Women in Media

  • Association of Health Care Journalists

  • Online News Association

REPORTING INTERESTS

Health, Politics, Social Issues, Urban Reporting

MEDIA PLATFORMS

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