Brian Perlman

Brian Perlman

Class of 2020

Brian Perlman is a second-year graduate student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Although he is comfortable working journalistically in audio, video, print and data, he enjoys collaborating with others in the creative process, especially in unfamiliar fields. He studied Spanish in Barcelona, Spain, French in Montréal, Québec, Canada, and has traveled to a total of 27 foreign countries, including nine countries in Africa. He plans to work as a journalist abroad during and after his graduate studies at UC Berkeley.

In his first year at Cal, Brian reported for the journalism school’s online publication Oakland North and covered diverse topics ranging from police issues to Autism Spectrum Disorder—including coverage of the deadliest wildfire in California state history, the Camp Fire, which killed at least 85 people and destroyed over 18,000 structures as of February 2019, according to Cal Fire.

He speaks fluent Spanish and basic French, Portuguese, and German. He is a researcher, project lead, and deputy manager in the Human Rights Investigations Lab at the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law.

He also rollerblades, dances salsa, plays guitar, enjoys musicals and envies those who have the ability to spontaneously freestyle rap.

You can reach Brian Perlman securely via Signal at: +1 (832) 878-3202.


  • UCBSOJ Dean's Merit Fellowship grantee

  • Finalist, Online News Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 11 Mark of Excellence Awards, 2019



  • Investigative Reporters and Editors


International Relations, Peace and Conflict, climate change, economic inequality, global migration crisis, internal medicine, police departments, refugees and IDPs


Audio Journalism, Data journalism, New Media, Print Journalism, Science Journalism, Video Journalism