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Casey Smith

Casey Smith

Class of 2020

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 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.

Now, her reporting continues at Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, where Smith is the 2019-20 graduate research fellow under the direction of David Barstow and Geeta Anand.

Smith’s work has been published by USA Today, National Geographic, The Washington Post 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 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


  • 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 Environmental Journalists

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors

  • Association of Health Care Journalists


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