Robin Estrin

Class of 2021

Robin Estrin in an investigative journalist and storyteller based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Robin covered COVID-19 for The New York Times, the 2020 presidential election for CALmatters, and criminal justice for KQED and California magazine. She’s worked as a researcher for the Investigative Reporting Program and as an investigative editor for two graduate-level journalism courses: investigative reporting and covering extremism in the U.S.

Robin will graduate from UC Berkeley’s Journalism School in May of 2021. In July, she will join the Los Angeles Times as an intern on the Metro desk, and help cover her hometown.

EDUCATION

  • UC Santa Cruz, B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Political Science, 2016

  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, M.J., 2021

EMPLOYERS

  • Investigative Reporting Program, Graduate Researcher, 2019-2021

  • CALmatters, VoteBeat Reporter, 2020

  • The New York Times, Reporting Intern, 2020

AWARDS & HONORS

  • UC Berkeley Dean's Merit Fellowship

  • NICAR Fellow, UC Berkeley, 2020

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • The New York Times, August 2020, "As Santa Cruz went from being one of the safest coastal counties to the site of a recent surge, Dr. Gail Newel took the heat," https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/us/california-santa-cruz-covid19.html

  • CALmatters, November 2020, "In Norman Rockwell Country, Everyone Votes By Mail,"
    https://calmatters.org/politics/votebeat/2020/11/norman-rockwell-country-vote-by-mail/

  • KQED, March 2020. "The Lifecycle of a Political Mailer," https://www.kqed.org/news/11804729/the-life-cycle-of-a-political-mailer

  • Lookout Santa Cruz, "Saying ‘no’ to the vaccine? In Santa Cruz County, yes, that’s happening," https://lookout.co/santacruz/coronavirus/vaccine-watch/story/2021-04-01/saying-no-to-the-vaccine-in-santa-cruz-county-yes-thats-happening

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Investigative Reporters & Editors

REPORTING INTERESTS

Criminal Justice, Education, Information Science, Investigative Journalism, Manufacturing, Medical Technology, Narrative, Open Source Investigations, Public health, US Health Care Policy