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In April 2020, under the leadership of the School’s Investigative Reporting Program, and multiple Pulitzer winners David Barstow and Geeta Anand, more than 80 students and nearly 20 journalism instructors and staff organized into small reporting teams to cover how the novel coronavirus is impacting each of California’s 58 counties. The teams are producing stories that will run in either the main edition of The Times or in its five-day-a-week newsletter, California Today, which reaches several hundred thousand readers. Students collaborate with The Times in other ways, such as gathering data about the outbreak, taking photographs or assisting correspondents from The Times. 

Student-generated content is simultaneously being published in top media outlets, including The Atlantic, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Cal Matters, Rolling Stone and Aristegui Noticias in Mexico.

Special challenges of special education students under quarantine

Hannah Ricker reports how the sudden shift to remote learning has pushed Sonoma County’s 40 school districts into unchartered territory.

Community-Led Effort Brings Free COVID-19 Testing to SF’s Bayview, Visitacion Valley

Nina Sparling reports on effort to bring free testing to Bayview-Hunters Point & Visitacion Valley neighborhoods.

How Has Covid-19 Impacted Homeless Advocates and Service Providers?

Daniel Lempres reports how COVID-19 highlights the extent to which the unhoused rely on an informal safety net to survive.

U.S. deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss

Barbara Harvey, Alex Matthews & Yuriria Ávila part of team that creates historic 1A without images to convey the vastness and variety of lives lost.

Coronavirus could force private practices to close or sell — raising costs

Kristen Hwang reports that faced with empty clinics and a cash crunch, independent physicians are worried about closing their doors or selling their private practices.

Why Researchers Hope to Test High-Risk Groups in California

Max Brimelow, Julie Chang, Pedro Cota, Alex Matthews & Kristen Hwang break down the challenges and aspirations of COVID-19 testing in Calif.

Your daily commute won’t ever be the same

Photograph by James Tensuan highlighting how Coronavirus will upend—but perhaps make healthier—the ways we use trains, buses, and bike lanes in our post-pandemic future.

How Mail-In Voting Will Work for Sutter County

Ashlea Brown reports how rural Sutter County will balance mail-in and in-person voting to protect the safety of voters and older poll workers in November.

In Murphys, an Iconic Gold Rush Hotel Lies Silent for the First Time in 164 Years

Will McCarthy reports on the shuttering of Calaveras' Murphys Historic Hotel.

How California’s Oldest Weekly Newspaper Covers COVID-19

Katie Bernstein reports on The Mountain Messenger, CA's oldest newspaper, saved this year and now bringing COVID-19 news to remote, rural Downieville.

Testing failures have plagued the response to Covid-19. How did we get here?

Miki Katoni, Molly Forster and Max Brimelow chronicle the hurdles that tripped up the rollout of testing.

Disabled Worker in Yosemite Says He’s ‘Going Broke Fast’

Ellie Lightfoot reports that when Yosemite closed it was hard on all employees, but especially for a worker with cerebral palsy.

California’s Central Valley Pickers During COVID-19 Shutdown

Wesaam al-Badry drove 1,500+ miles to photograph the faces behind the fresh fruits and vegetables America demands.

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Story by Brian Wollitz and Ali DeFazio runs on front page of The New York Times

Ali DeFazio and Brian Wollitz's report on the lone school still operating in California makes the front page of The New York Times.

Reporting by Katey Rusch makes front page of The New York Times

Investigative reporter Katey Rusch was on the reporting team that broke the startling discovery that COVID-19 was responsible for a Feb. 6 death in CA that rewrote the timeline of the virus’s early spread in U.S.

The Lottery Is the Main Attraction at This Alpine County Market

Wyatt Kroopf reports on COVID concerns in remote Alpine County over a cafe that draws older, retired Nevadans for one main thing: lottery tickets.

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Story by Casey Smith and Katey Rusch makes front page of The New York Times

Casey Smith holding the May 12, 2020 front page of The New York Times featuring her & Katey Rusch's story on how Santa Clara District Attorneys field thousands of complaints re stay-at-home violations.

Another Covid-19 Loss? The Jumping Frog Jubilee

Will McCarthy reports there will be no frog-jumping competition in Calaveras this year. It started 92 years ago to honor a Mark Twain story and the town’s gold-rush legacy.

‘My Mom Is Beyond a Superwoman’: Mother’s Day While Locked Up

KQED interviews Robin Estrin about her reporting on a prisoner with respiratory disease serving a life sentence spending Mother's Day away from his elderly mom and the COVID fears they have for each other.

How Do You Enforce a Law That Tramples the Land of the Free?

Katey Rusch and Casey Smith report how Santa Clara District Attorneys weigh safety, freedom & the law as they field thousands of complaints about stay-at-home violations.

Without Restaurant Sales, Local Farms Face Tough Decisions

Nina Sparling reports how farms have been forced to find new sales outlets overnight or leave perishable crops to rot.

COVID-LA Photo Series

Clara Mokri captures images throughout Los Angeles during the shelter-in-place order.

In-Home Healthcare Workers Lack PPE

Julie Chang reports on in-home healthcare workers and the challenges getting the PPE they need.

See Which States Are Reopening and Which Are Still Shut Down

Yuri Avila, Barbara Harvey, Alex Leeds Matthews and Brian Perlman contribute data visualization to New York Times story.

Will Smoke From Controlled Burns Hurt Covid-19 Patients?

Will McCarthy reports on California's calculated risks ahead of wildfire season.

Medically vulnerable migrants plea for release from detention

Jess Alvarenga reports on the situation for vulnerable migrants at the Otay Mesa Detention Center with the largest outbreak of COVID-19.

Faltan pruebas y subestiman número de contagios de Covid-19 en México

Gisela Pérez de Acha spent two weeks investigating the first COVID-related death in her home country Mexico.

Why the People Harvesting Californians’ Food Can’t Afford It

Lulu Orozco reports on workers in the Salinas Valley who find it difficult to afford the very food they harvest.

Can Imperial County handle coronavirus when it’s already struggling to fight tuberculosis?

Molly Forster reports on the capacity of Imperial County—the state’s most impoverished county— to deal with the virus.

Amazon’s Warehouse Workers Worry About Infection

Mickey Capper talks to Amazon warehouse employees who say the e-commerce giant isn’t doing enough to protect them.

Tele-Medicine Gets a Boost During Pandemic

Nina Sparling reports the pandemic is changing how we interact with medical professionals.

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Essential Workers Are Being Treated as Expendable

Photographic thesis project on farmworkers by Wesaam Al-Badry paired with special report by Madeline Leung Coleman.

Unions Say Bay Area Refineries Have Dismissed More Than 1,000 Contract Workers

Nina Sparling reports on electricians, pipefitters and other skilled workers let go at Bay Area refineries.

Coronavirus State of Mind: How Misinformation in California Sparks Distrust in Institutions

Special dispatch from the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law + Berkeley Journalism by Brian Perlman and visiting scholar Sophie Timmermann.

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San Franciscans Use Lessons Learned From AIDS Crisis To Confront Coronavirus Pandemic

Michelle Pitcher's story on lessons learned from the AIDS crisis airs nationally on NPR.

The silent, deadly spread of coronavirus in California began far earlier than first reported

Annette Choi reports the virus circulated for at least a month before new victims came to light.

How San Francisco’s Chinatown Got Ahead of the Coronavirus

Alyson Stamos and Meiying Wu report on how San Francisco's Chinatown has outrun the crisis.

A talk with Marin County’s health officer

Mara Kardas-Nelson interviews Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s public health officer who announced his positive COVID test via YouTube.

A Coronavirus Death in Early February Was ‘Probably the Tip of an Iceberg’

Katey Rusch was on the New York Times reporting team that broke the discovery that COVID was responsible for a Feb. 6 death in CA.

Inside the Bay Area’s Geriatric Homeless Shelter

Jesse Bedayn and Brett Simpson report on the Bay Area's only homeless shelter for seniors and the vigilant staff of mostly volunteers who worked around the clock to protect them.

Citizenship Ceremonies Cancelled

Michelle Pitcher reports the pandemic is making it harder for people to become naturalized Americans.

Why California’s Community Health Clinics Are Vital, but Hurting

Miki Katoni and Nina Sparling report on COVID19's financial impact on clinics that care for some of CA’s most vulnerable patients.

For Students at a Lone School in California, Class Is Still On

Ali DeFazio and Brian Wollitz's report on CA’s lone open school runs on the front page of The New York Times.

Why Mammoth Lakes Is Turning Away Visitors

Annie Berman reports on a resort town in the Sierras trying to keep tourists away because of worries of virus spread; overrun medical resources.

California's Fallen

Mark D. Neal

Brian Perlman honors the life of a veteran Shasta County teacher and father of three.

Alby Kass

Brett Simpson's remembrance of Yiddish folk singer and theater performer Alby Kass.

David Werksman

Nick Roberts' remembrance of David Werksman who worked on the bomb squad at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Ken Machado

Janice Hui honors the life of “Cowboy Kenny,” a 60-year-old former rodeo competitor.

Scott Blanks

Yinuo Shi's remembrance of 34 year old dental assistant Scott Blanks.

Rosary Celaya Castro-Olega

Annette Choi's remembrance of Rosary Celaya Castro-Olega who worked as a registered nurse for 37 yrs and returned to help when the pandemic hit.

Marylou Armer

Hannah Ricker's remembrance of Santa Rosa Police detective known for meticulous investigations.