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Brett Simpson

Brett Simpson

Class of 2021

Brett Simpson is a writer, reporter, and student 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. Prior to attending J-School, she was a writer and multimedia producer at a learning company, producing videos to drive for workplace inclusivity.


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


  • National Press Club, 2019 Feldman Fellowship

  • 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)


  • California Planning and Development Report, July 2019, "Truckee to Transform Downtown with Railyard Redevelopment" http://www.cp-dr.com/articles/20190729_1

  • California Planning and Development Report, May 2019, "Tahoe Uses Big Data to Tackle Transportation Problems" http://www.cp-dr.com/articles/20190526_2

  • Bay Nature Magazine, August 2015, "What Moths Live in the East Bay Hills? On 'Moth Night', a Chance to Find Out" https://baynature.org/article/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'" https://baynature.org/article/on-a-now-protected-ranch-above-tomales-bay-a-chance-to-give-the-land-what-it-deserves/