Ayla Burnett

Ayla Burnett

Class of 2023

My degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish at the University of Oregon helped shape my intention as a journalist: to tell the stories of underrepresented individuals, engage communities often at political odds, and in doing so, fight for social and environmental justice. I am particularly interested in the relationship between politics and environmental justice, Indigenous rights, climate change and ecology. I have experience in urban and rural farming, environmental reporting and political narrative.

I am coming to Berkeley to learn how to tell stories through a variety of different mediums, though narrative writing is a personal favorite. I have experience in music writing and radio broadcasting, as well, and enjoy anything music related. I seek to combine my interests in culture and the environment to tell a wide range of intimate and representationally diverse stories about the human experience.

EDUCATION

  • University of Oregon: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • The Trouble: https://www.the-trouble.com/content/2020/10/19/the-environmental-state-is-in-danger-heres-how-we-can-fight-back
    WhoWhatWhy: https://whowhatwhy.org/science/environment/forests-ablaze-glaciers-melting-climate-change-threatens-us-parks/

REPORTING INTERESTS

Environmental Justice, Indigenous rights, climate change, land sovereignty, music and culture