Haley Gray

Haley Gray

Class of 2021

I’m an associate producer at The Science of Happiness, a podcast by PRX and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center that’s reached more than 20 million downloads and been featured by the New York Times, Apple Podcasts, and Oprah magazine. I’m also a Bay Area-based freelance journalist.  My work has aired on KQED and KALW and appeared in outlets like 5280, The Albuquerque Journal, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.

I’m a generalist. I’ve stitched together audio stories on how COVID-19 has impacted the Census in low-income communities, teenage social life under lockdown, and the music-rich experience of Oakland Roots soccer games, to name a few. Lately, I’ve been following stories that start with food. My capstone project is a 30-40 audio documentary about za’atar and the Palestinian diaspora. Before finding my love for audio, my written work has spanned breaking news, elections coverage and analysis, the arts, and long-form features. Find a portfolio here.

I started a cooking blog to occupy myself in lockdown. For below-average food photography and above-average enthusiasm, look no further.

EDUCATION

  • Occidental College, 2015

EMPLOYERS

  • The Science of Happiness - Associate Producer, current
    KQED - On-Call Reporter, current
    UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism - Audio Tutor, current
    5280 - Print and Digital Contributor, 2016-2019
    Boulder Magazine - Editorial Assistant and Special Sections Coordinator, 2016-2017
    Alamogordo Daily News - Community Reporter, 2015

AWARDS & HONORS

  • University of California, Berkeley:
    FLAS Scholar, Arabic Language and Middle East Studies, 2020-2021
    FLAS Scholar, Arabic Language and Middle East Studies, 2019-2020

    Occidental College:
    Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction, 2015
    Dean’s List 2011-2013, 2015
    The Young Grant for Independent Research 2012-2014
    Paul K. and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Fellowship for Undergraduate Research 2012

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • https://www.5280.com/2020/10/can-high-country-news-rewrite-the-narrative-of-the-west/

REPORTING INTERESTS

Arts, Culture, Elections, Food, Food and Identity, International, Local government, Media, Politics, Public land, The American West