Brandon Yadegari

Class of 2020

Brandon is a visual journalist and investigative reporter based in Berkeley, California. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and a current student of  the Graduate School of Journalism, his work focuses on displacement and migration caused by a disrupted climate and socioeconomic upheaval.

The son of a political refugee and an economic migrant, Brandon was raised in Tucson, Arizona where tensions at the nearby border and dispossession of indigenous land continue to shape his work. With an eye on constantly evolving media platforms, Brandon’s storytelling spans mediums ranging from written features to photo essays, interactive maps and long-form video.


  • University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Berkeley, California
    Master of Journalism, Long-Form Video; expected 2020

  • University of California Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, California
    B.A. in Global Studies with Latin American regional focus, Minor Studies in Spanish; 2016


  • Reporter, Richmond Confidential; Richmond, CA — August 2018-Present

  • Digital Editor, Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara, CA — February 2017-July 2018

  • Production Assistant, Richard Ross Photography; Santa Barbara, CA — May 2015-November 2016

  • Freelance Photographer, based in California — April 2015-Present


Climate, Human Rights, Immigration, Indigenous Sovereignty

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