Erin Chessin

Class of 2021

Erin Chessin is a recent graduate from Humboldt State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at University of California, Berkeley. Her mission to the truth and passion for reporting on injustice stems from the investigative work she did for student-run publication, Osprey magazine.

In the fall of 2017, Chessin investigated and reported on the unsolved murder of a Humboldt State student. Her story shed light on never-before heard details from the night of the murder and was published in the fall 2017 issue of Osprey which received the highest honors from the California College Media Association, earning first place for Best Magazine Story in 2018.

Chessin returned to serving the magazine in the fall of 2018, this time as the leading role of editor-in-chief. She directed a staff of reporters, editors and photographers to produce an award-winning issue of the magazine. The fall 2018 issue of Osprey was honored fourth place for Best Magazine, second place for Best Front Cover and the lead story that unveiled the oversights in the university’s athletic department received the highest honors by the California College Media Association.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Chessin is transitioning from print to visual storytelling by pursuing documentary filmmaking at Berkeley. She wants to continue reporting on crime and covering injustice in all forms.

EDUCATION

  • University of California, Berkeley M.A in Journalism (Expected 2021)

  • Humboldt State University, B.A in Journalism, minor in Psychology (2019)

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Nominated for Outstanding Student at Humboldt State University (2019)

  • Fourth Place California College Media Association for Best Magazine (2019)

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Osprey, Humboldt State University Department of Journalism (2019)

  • First Place California College Media Association for Best Magazine Story (2018)

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Osprey, Humboldt State University Department of Journalism (2018)

  • USA Track and Field All-American Academic Award (2018)

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • Editor-in-Chief and Layout Editor for Osprey magazine, Aug. - Dec. 2019. Read: https://issuu.com/ospreymagazine/docs/osprey_fall_2018

  • Copy Editor and Reporter for Osprey magazine, Aug. - Dec. 2018. Read: https://issuu.com/ospreymagazine/docs/osprey_fall_2017

REPORTING INTERESTS

Criminal Justice, Documentary filmmaking, Environmental Justice, Investigative