Brian Perlman

Class of 2020

Brian Perlman is a second-year graduate student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a researcher, project lead, and manager in the Human Rights Investigations Lab at the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law. He studied Spanish in Barcelona, Spain, French in Montréal, Québec, Canada, and has traveled to a total of 28 countries, including nine countries in Africa. His reporting and research interests converge at the intersection of human rights, data science, and open-source investigations.

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 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, Multimedia, Video Journalism

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