Brian Howey

Brian Howey

Class of 2022

Brian Howey is a reporter and narrative writer living in Oakland, Calif. Since Sept., 2020, he has reported 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 the overlapping crises of homelessness and 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.


  • 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


  • Open Vallejo, April, 2021, Vallejo police secretly tested ‘dystopian’ facial recognition tool,

  • 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