Felicia Alvarez

Felicia Alvarez

Class of 2023

Hi, my name is Felicia Alvarez, and I’m a journalist specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Through my reporting, I strive to create work that both creates a sense of a community, and defends it through hard-hitting accountability journalism.

Prior to arriving in Berkeley, I was a staff writer with the Sacramento Business Journal covering the health care, law, and state government beats. Much of my work was forged in the coronavirus pandemic, where I led the Business Journal’s breaking news coverage of the pandemic’s spread. Beyond daily breaking news on state policy and public health, my reporting gained national recognition for my coverage of the disproportionate challenges faced by minority-owned businesses.

My first foray into journalism was at The Davis Enterprise — the daily newspaper in Davis, Calif. — where I sharpened my teeth as a city beat reporter. My coverage followed everything from seven-hour long City Council meetings, to profiles on eccentric residents and shortcomings in the city’s affordable housing budget. The city beat placed me on the front lines of many of California’s most pressing issues such as housing shortages, water policy, climate change and transportation.

As a graduate student, I’m doubling down on my pursuit of investigative journalism with a strong focus on topics in criminal justice, labor issues, disability rights and the LGBTQ community.

EDUCATION

  • UC Berkeley, 2023
    Master in Journalism

    UC Davis, 2014
    History, Anthropology B.A.

EMPLOYERS

  • Sacramento Business Journal
    Health, Law/Policy Reporter
    July 2018 - July 2021

  • Freelance Journalist
    November 2017 - July 2018

  • The Davis Enterprise
    City Beat, Environment Reporter
    February 2015 - October 2017

AWARDS & HONORS

  • 2020: "Best in Business" award for small business reporting, Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW).

  • 2019: Health Care Fellow, Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW).

  • 2017: 2nd Place “In-Depth Reporting,” for affordable housing topics, California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA).

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • IRE | Investigative Reporters and Editors

  • NAHJ | National Association of Hispanic Journalists

  • NLGJA | National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association

REPORTING INTERESTS

Data Journalism, Social Justice, accountability, environmental news, law and courts, multimedia, state government