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.
Master's Candidate, University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism (2022)
University of California, San Diego, Ethnic Studies, B.A (2010)
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 INTERESTSCybersecurity, 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