Kathryn Hurd

Kathryn Hurd


Kathryn Hurd is a San Francisco-based investigative reporter and freelance writer. For the past two years, she’s been reporting on the child welfare system at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. 

In 2022, she was the recipient of the George Polk Award for her participation in PBS Frontline documentary ‘American Insurrection,’ an in-depth look at the rise of domestic extremism in the U.S.  The film was also nominated for a Peabody Award and a News & Documentary Emmy Award. 
Her work has appeared in ProPublica, PBS Frontline, and The San Francisco Examiner. She’s also contributed to investigations at BuzzFeed News, KQED, and Oklahoma Watch. 
Kathryn received her Master’s Degree in Investigative Reporting from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.


  • M.J. University of California, Berkeley
    Investigative Reporting
    Class of 2021

  • B.A. Wake Forest University
    Political Science & Sociology
    Class of 2018


  • The Investigative Reporting Program, Research Assistant

  • The New York Times & The Investigative Reporting Program, Intern

  • Edelman, Assistant Account Executive

  • The Outcast Agency, Associate

  • CNBC, Newsroom & Production Intern


Investigative reporting