Bella Arnold is a writer, editor and former Oxford comma enthusiast. Her background is in writing for news and magazine as well as podcasting. 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. Currently, Bella is a student reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program working on the California Reporting Project.
During her time at CSULB, Bella was the editor-in-chief of DIG Magazine, an award-winning student run publication. While she was editor-in-chief, DIG MAG won the California College Media Association’s first place award for best print magazine along with several other first place awards. Additionally, she was a staff writer, podcast producer and assistant online editor for DIG MAG, staff writer and opinions assistant for the Daily Forty-Niner and a broadcast journalist for 22 West Media.
In June 2021, she joined EdSource’s journalism corps. As a member of the corps, she had the honor of being mentored by Daniel Vasquez and contributing reporting to stories about cannabis research, food insecurity and much more. She was also the first member of the corps to share a byline with a full-time EdSource reporter and fellow UC Berkeley J-School alumni, Betty Márquez Rosales. Bella also had the opportunity to write an editorial about her experience as a high school cancer patient.
As a lifelong lover of storytelling, the Latina journalist feels very privileged to be able to cover underrepresented communities, the education system, the literary industry and much more. During her time at UC Berkeley, she looks forward to continuing to improve her writing skills and cultivating a newfound love for multimedia journalism and photojournalism. In her free time, she likes to write plays and read The New Yorker, or anything written by Emily Henry.
University of California, Berkeley: M.J. in journalism (Spring 2024)
California State University, Long Beach: B.A. in journalism (Spring 2022)
Investigative Reporting Program: California Reporting Project (Fall 2022)
Culture and community reporter for Oakland North (Fall 2022)
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
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
REPORTING INTERESTSArts and Culture, Data Journalism, Equity, Human Rights Issues, Investigative reporting, Latinx Communities, Literature, Social Justice, Social Media, higher education, k-12 education