Class of 2012
J.J. Barrow is a reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in May 2012.
After growing up in four different Bay Area cities, she considers the entire North Bay her “hometown.” Her first reporting gig was in sixth grade for her elementary school newspaper. Since then, she’s studied media critique and neighborhood public policy as an undergraduate, and developed a love for community journalism.
To practice working at the community level, she spent two summers in communications internships in Oakland, learning about issues like job accessibility, environmental justice, educational equity and incarceration. She aims to report the big picture realities of small places, such as individual streets and schools.
If she were not a journalist, she would hope to be either a rock star or a biologist. She hails from Fairfax, California.