Bella Arnold is a second-year audio student with a background in magazine writing. She loves to tell whimsical stories about people from marginalized communities experiencing joy and prosperity, as well as report on the literary community and internet culture.
In May 2022, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with her B.A. in journalism with a minor in English: creative writing.
She interned for Vulture over the summer and wrote news stories about topics like the actor’s and writer’s strikes. In the past, she also worked as a data reporter for the California Reporting Project. Her work investigating police use-of-force has appeared in LAist, KVCR, and Mercury News. She was also the editor-in-chief of DIG Magazine, which won first place for best print magazine at the CCMA awards during her tenure. Additionally, she was a staff writer and desk editor at DIG MAG and The Daily Forty-Niner, as well as an award-winning radio journalist for 22 West Media. During undergrad, she also was a member of EdSource’s student journalism corps.
At UC Berkeley, she is the chair of Women in Media and co-chair of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In 2023, she was recognized as a Radio Television Digital News Association scholarship recipient.
University of California, Berkeley: M.J. in journalism (Spring 2024)
California State University, Long Beach: B.A. in journalism (Spring 2022)
Summer 2023: Vulture (Vox Media/New York Magazine)
Fall 2022-Spring 2023: California Reporting Project (Investigative Reporting Program)
2021-2022: EdSource and DIG Magazine
AWARDS & HONORS
Kappa Tau Alpha: Top scholar award
CSU, Long Beach: Magna Cum Laude
CSULB department of journalism and public relations: exceptional achievement in journalism and public relations
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Co-Chair for National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Chair for Women in Media, both at UC Berkeley
REPORTING INTERESTSArts and Culture, Audio Journalism, Data Journalism, Equity, Human Rights Issues, Internet Culture, Investigative reporting, Latinx Communities, Literature, Social Justice, Social Media, higher education, k-12 education