Casey Smith

Casey Smith is a second-year graduate student studying narrative science writing and investigative reporting. Her work focuses on topics in science, the environment, health care, government affairs and law enforcement.

Before coming to California, Smith was a reporting intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and The Washington Post. In 2019, she joined the news and investigations teams at The Indianapolis Star as a Pulliam Fellow. Her reporting continued at Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, where Smith was the 2019-20 graduate research fellow under the direction of David Barstow and Geeta Anand. Smith’s work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, National Geographic and others.

Learn more about Smith and her work here.


  • University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2020), Master of Journalism in narrative science writing and investigative reporting

  • Ball State University (Magna Cum Laude, 2018), B.A. in Journalism & Telecommunications and B.S. in Anthropology; minor in Spanish


  • Investigative Reporting Program, Graduate Researcher

  • The Indianapolis Star, Pulliam Fellow

  • Investigative Reporting Program, Research and Reporting Assistant

  • Oakland North, Health/Science/Environment Reporter

  • Investigative Reporting Workshop & The Washington Post, Research and Reporting Intern

  • The Ball State Daily News, Editor-in-Chief

  • National Park Service, Digital Writer

  • National Geographic, Editorial Intern

  • USA Today, Reporting Intern

  • The Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of the American Indian, Research and Multimedia Intern


  • Berkeley Food Institute Research Fellowship, 2020

  • Center for Environmental Journalism reporting grantee, 2020

  • Earth Journalism Network reporting grantee, 2019

  • Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, 2018

  • Indiana Student Journalist of the Year, 2018

  • Berlin Capital Fulbright Program, 2017

  • Emmy® Nomination for Writing, 2017


  • Perry Township, 2018. Arcadia Publishing:


  • National Association of Science Writers

  • Society of Environmental Journalists

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors

  • Association of Health Care Journalists


Data Journalism, Environment, Food Systems, Human Rights, Investigative, Narrative, Police, Public Policy, Science, Water Quality, climate change