Bria Manning is a writer, editor, photographer and aspiring journalist interested in covering the niche and underreported. Her particular interests lie within social, political and environmental issues such as tech, extremism, foreign affairs and environmental impacts on vulnerable communities. Bria is a recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach, where she majored in international studies and minored in political science. Here, she first became involved in journalism by working for nearly two years with 22 West Media, a student-run multimedia production company. She started as the magazine’s lead copy editor and eventually became editor in chief her last year, where she pushed to cover cultural issues of the moment through more creative avenues. Throughout her time at 22 West Media, Bria also volunteered in the video department as a writer for a YouTube series, “Dear Long Beach,” and also co-hosted a morning radio show, “Good Morning Long Beach State.” She was also a regularly contributing writer throughout her full time at the magazine, writing about topics from tech, sports and entertainment to campus issues and satire. Lastly, Bria also served as an editorial designer throughout her time at the magazine and designed page layouts as well as provided creative direction.
At UC Berkeley, Bria’s ambitions are to hone her longform writing craft even further while improving upon other interests in photography, investigative reporting and audio. Her ultimate goal in life is to publish at least one nonfiction book and to continually produce compelling longform narratives in the hopes of making reading cool again.
Bria currently serves as a part-time associate editor at ESPN’s copy desk. She is a lifelong lover of sports and fan of the Dodgers and Raiders. When she isn’t watching sports or writing, Bria loves to boulder, bake, read, chat with people who think differently from her and get lost exploring nature. Please send book recommendations her way (she’ll read anything). Bria hates: partisanship, uncritical thinking, closed mindedness and those who refuse to practice compassion.
UC Berkeley: 2021-2023—M.J. Master's of Journalism
California State University, Long Beach: 2018-2020—B.A. International Studies; Minor in Political Science
Cerritos College: 2014-2017—A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social and Behavioral Science
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
REPORTING INTERESTSForeign Affairs, Investigative reporting, Longform journalism, Photojournalism, Politics, Pop culture, Sports, anthropological reporting, cultural criticism, environmental issues, literary journalism, nature writing