Casey Smith

Casey Smith

Class of 2020

Casey Smith is a second-year graduate student studying narrative science writing and investigative reporting.

Before coming to California, Casey was a reporting intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, where she produced investigative stories about the Interior Department, and at The Washington Post, where she contributed to the paper’s national unsolved homicide data project. Her work has been published by USA Today, National Geographic, NPR, The Washington Post and others.

Currently, Casey is a research and reporting assistant at Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. There, she’s investigating ethics in academia, juvenile justice, medical examiner fraud and other topics. She is also working with the California Reporting Project, where she contributes law enforcement corruption reporting.

During summer 2019, Casey is joining the news and investigations teams at The Indianapolis Star as a Pulliam Fellow. Once back in Berkeley, she’ll return to the Investigative Reporting Program as its 2019-20 graduate research fellow.

Learn more about Casey 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 Anthropology; minor in Spanish


  • The Indianapolis Star, Pulliam Fellow

  • Investigative Reporting Program, Research and Reporting Assistant

  • Health/Science/Environment Reporter, Oakland North

  • 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


  • Earth Journalism Network reporting grant, 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 Professional Journalists

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors


Data Journalism, Environment, Human Rights, Investigative, Narrative, Police, Science, Water Quality, climate change