Gracelynne West

Class of 2022

Gracelynne West is an aspiring audio and investigative reporter. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to transitioning to journalism full-time, Gracelynne served as a Special Education Technician serving youth with special needs throughout the San Diego Unified School District. West has also served in after-school programs, community organizing and civic engagement. She believes that her community-based experience helps inform her work as a journalist and hopes to continue to elevate the voices of the communities she serves.

Gracelynne brings a variety of different skills to the school including research and fact-checking. She also served on the extremism beat during the fall 2020 election season and learned hands-on skills focused primarily on cybersecurity and open source investigation.

EDUCATION

  • Master's Candidate, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism (2022)

  • University of California, San Diego, Ethnic Studies, B.A (2010)

EMPLOYERS

  • Graduate Student Readership, UC Berkeley English Department, 2020-21

  • Special Education Technician, San Diego Unified School District, 2017-2020

  • Lead Teacher, KinderCare Education, 2018-2019

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Dean's Merit Fellowship, 2020-2021

  • Race and Journalism Committee Member, 2020

  • AmeriCorps Certificate of National Service, 2012-2013, 2011-2012

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), UC Berkeley Chapter

  • Asian American Journalists Association, San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Member

REPORTING INTERESTS

Cybersecurity, Environmental Justice, Fact-checking, Human Rights, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ Communities, Maternal health, Poverty, Public health, REPORTING INTERESTS Education, Racial Justice, Women's Rights, housing and food insecurity, mental health, race and gender