Ila Kovitz

Bo Kovitz is currently a first-year student, studying visual journalism. She intends to do a thesis in either long-form video or documentary.

Bo began her career running the city desk of the award-winning, independent student newspaper The Daily Californian. In the years since, she’s produced for a weekly radio show; advised incarcerated writers in the monthly production of the San Quentin News; participated in group investigations at the Investigative Reporting Program and, for one of them, shared a Los Angeles Times byline); and worked as an associate producer on several documentary projects.

Bo is passionate about covering criminal justice, politics, and social issues — and especially about channeling those stories through evocative, visual mediums. Her dream is to produce and direct investigative documentary film.

EDUCATION

  • M.A., Journalism, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

  • B.A., Political Science, UC Berkeley

EMPLOYERS

  • Investigative Reporting Program - Research assistant, associate producer, administrative assistant (2015 to present)

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • VIDEO NEWS — New California marijuana laws shut down free medical cannabis providers: https://vimeo.com/260340231

  • VIDEO NEWS —Berkeley undocumented activists prepare for ICE raids: https://vimeo.com/253914447

  • MULTIMEDIA FEATURE —
    Mission Local, February 2018. "Breaking Ground" is a feature story profiling two formerly incarcerated construction workers in the Bayview district in San Francisco. The story discusses barriers to employment in a city where the black population is shrinking but remains nearly half of its jail population. https://missionlocal.org/2018/02/breaking-ground-two-formerly-incarcerated-men-rebuild-their-lives-while-rebuilding-a-bayview-public-housing-community/

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Asian American Journalists Association

REPORTING INTERESTS

Criminal Justice, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Investigative, Politics, Social Issues, Urban Reporting

MEDIA PLATFORMS

Documentary, New Media, Video Journalism