I’m Katherine Li— a first year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for the narrative writing stream. Originally from Hong Kong, San Francisco is my new home for now.
Back in Hong Kong, I have spent my undergraduate years studying journalism and running a student journalism magazine, as well as working for the NYT Hong Kong bureau when the local pro-democracy protests broke out. It was a harrowing experience for my entire city, but that has given me conflict coverage knowledge and a deeper understanding of politics in China. Most importantly, I’ve learned the value of journalism how the press acts as a line of defence in a place where authorities are seeking to alter history as they please, which has inspired me to pursue further journalism studies.
At Berkeley, I’m looking to build upon my existing knowledge and to gain a broader international perspective as a journalist. I’m also looking forward to improve my storytelling skill as a writer and to delve deeper into photojournalism. Knowing my own empathetic and observant nature, I hope to bring more stories to life through my words and photography.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism - (M.J. Candidate 2023)
Hong Kong Baptist University - (B.A. 2020)
New York Times (Hong Kong Bureau) - Intern Reporter & Freelancer (5/2019-1/2020)
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK
REPORTING INTERESTSHong Kong and China issues, arts/culture, climate change and the environment