Brett Simpson

Brett Simpson

Brett Simpson


Brett Simpson is a print and audio investigative journalist based in Oakland, CA. She will complete her MJ in Journalism at U.C. Berkeley in 2021.

Brett graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English in 2016. There, she was student representative of the undergraduate Journalism Program. Brett is a lead graduate researcher at the Investigative Reporting Program, as well as a Production Assistant at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Most recently, she worked as a metro reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, KQED, KALW, Earth Island Journal, Yale Climate Connections, and more.


  • Princeton University, B.A. in English, 2016


  • Investigative Reporting Program, Graduate Researcher

  • Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Production Assistant

  • San Francisco Chronicle, Metro Reporter

  • Science of Happiness Podcast, Associate Producer


  • UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, 2021 Fellow

  • National Press Club, 2019 Feldman Fellowship

  • White House Correspondents Association, 2020 Student Scholarship

  • Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, 2019 Taylor/Blakeslee Fellowship

  • U.C. Berkeley Dean's Merit Fellowship

  • Princeton University, 2014 Ferris Prize for Exceptional Journalism (x2)


  • Richmond Confidential, September 2019, "Richmond Community Air Quality Committee Votes to Delay New Regulations,"

  • California Planning and Development Report, July 2019, "Truckee to Transform Downtown with Railyard Redevelopment"

  • California Planning and Development Report, May 2019, "Tahoe Uses Big Data to Tackle Transportation Problems"

  • Bay Nature Magazine, August 2015, "What Moths Live in the East Bay Hills? On 'Moth Night', a Chance to Find Out"

  • Bay Nature Magazine, July 2015, "On a Now-Protected Ranch Above Tomales Bay, a Chance to 'Give the Land What It Deserves'"


  • Society for Professional Journalists, Society for Environmental Journalists, Women In Media