Mara Kardas-Nelson


Mara Kardas-Nelson reports on health, human rights, racial inequality, economic justice, the environment, public policy and international development. Mara’s work has been published in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Nation, NPR, the Mail & Guardian, the British Medical Journal and Bloomberg, among others. Her work has earned her several journalism fellowships and awards.


  • Journalism Fellow, National Institute for Climate Education, UC Berkeley (2019-2020)
    Fellow, UC Berkeley Human Rights Center (2019)
    Robert Whittington Award for Exceptional Reporting, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2019)
    Dean's Merit Scholarship, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2018)
    Journalist-to-Journalist Lung Health Fellow (2013)
    Journalism grantee, Open Society Foundation's Public Health Program (2013)
    Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Award Winner: Analysis, Commentary and Enterprise news (2011)
    Journalism fellow, Open Society Foundation for South Africa (2010)


Environment, Health, Politics, Urban Reporting, health policy, international development


Audio Journalism, Documentary, Narrative Writing, Photojournalism