Brian Howey

Brian Howey is an investigative reporter and narrative writer based in Oakland, Calif. He reports on national policing issues for the Investigative Reporting Program.

Before joining Berkeley Journalism, Howey was a staff reporter at the San Francisco Public Press, where he produced award-winning coverage of San Francisco’s response to homelessness during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. He also worked as a producer for Force of Law, a podcast by CalMatters and StudioToBe about police shootings in California and the lawmakers who tried to pass the nation’s strictest police use of force standard. Howey has published his reporting with Reveal, CalMatters, the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Public Press, Open Vallejo and others.


  • BA - Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 2020


  • Investigative Reporting Program - Research Assistant

  • San Francisco Public Press - Staff Reporter

  • StudioToBe - Reporter, Podcast Producer.


  • 2020 Excellence in Journalism award for Ongoing Coverage in Print/Online, Small Division for coverage of San Francisco's response to homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 2020 Best of the West, 3rd Place for Audio Storytelling, Force of Law podcast

  • Dean's Merit Fellowship


  • San Francisco Public Press, July, 2020, S.F. Contractor Repeatedly Failed to Service Hygiene Stations,

  • San Francisco Public Press, May, 2020, 43% of Emergency Hygiene Facilities for S.F. Homeless Lack Essentials,

  • CalMatters, 2019, Force of Law: a podcast about California police shootings and the lawmakers trying to do something about them,


Business, Conspiracy Theories, Extremism, Housing and Homelessness, Policing, Science Reporting, Subcultures, Underdogs