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.
With sincere appreciation for the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Yellow Chair Foundation and George Zimmer which made this innovative and impactful project possible, student-generated content is simultaneously being published in top media outlets, including The Atlantic, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Cal Matters, FRONTLINE, Rolling Stone and Aristegui Noticias in Mexico.
Sarah Hoenicke Flores ('19) reports on how Covid restrictions have affected doula care. Photos by Stephanie Penn ('21).
Erin Chessin ('21) and Brett Marsh ('21) report on how the pandemic is putting enormous strain on one school district's mental health program.
Amalya Dubrovsky ('21) reports how COVID impacted Chez Panisse and founder Alice Waters rallied to take care of local farmers.
Tamera Moore and Qinghui Kong ('22) report on the many ways small businesses in Oakland’s Chinatown are hurting.
Daniel Roman (‘21) and Prof. Elena Conis explain how Infectious disease can spread from wildlife to humans. Plague’s story in the U.S., they write, may teach us something about COVID.
Shuang Li reports on how the pandemic is prompting new efforts to break down barriers that have long divided Asian and Black residents of Oakland. Photo: Meiying Wu.
Will McCarthy reports on California's effort to contain a pandemic within a pandemic -- a bacterial outbreak that's killed tens of thousands of trout.
Tessa Paoli and Nina Sparling report on a pandemic housing program that pulled the rug out under some tenants.
Laurine Lassalle, Wyatt Kroopf and Kristen Hwang report on a sparsely populated farming area whose students could until only recently get reliable internet access.
Robin Estrin interviews Dr. Gail Newel of Santa Cruz about going from one of the safest coastal counties in the state to the site of a recent surge.
Garrett Therolf, Daniel Lempres, Aksaule Alzhan, Laurence Du Sault, Ricky Rodas & Alyson Stamos report investigations into abuse or neglect delayed or sharply curtailed.
Faculty and student-led investigation into COVID-19’s devastating impact on agricultural workers.
Meiying Wu and Alyson Stamos' inside look at how Chinatown evaded the coronavirus.
Betty Márquez Rosales reports how gun violence, police brutality & unemployment affects Blacks and Latinos in Stockton and the devoted 'interrupter' working to keep them safe.
Nick Roberts reports how long-term H.I.V. survivors with compromised immune systems are reliving painful AIDS crisis memories.
Aashna Malpani, Deena Sabry, and Stephanie Penn highlight the essential workers—from bus drivers to mental health nurses—keeping the Bay Area afloat.
Natalia Gurevich reports on a coalition of local farms sending produce to struggling families absent sales to farm-to-table restaurants and farmers' markets.
Michaela Vatcheva reports how scientists were pulling out the stops to solve the mystery of gray whales dying at unusually high rates. Then COVID19 hit.
Aashna Malpani & Natalia Gurevich's story on mental health trauma faced by first responders gets front cover honor.
Distance learning for some kids at SF elementary school came with an extra challenge: No internet connection
Miki Katoni & Nina Sparling examine why some schoolchildren—despite living in tech-savvy, wealthy SF—don't have internet access.
Anne Daugherty reports how students and parents won an exception to Gov. Newsom’s shelter-in-place order.
Hannah Ricker reports how the sudden shift to remote learning has pushed Sonoma County’s 40 school districts into unchartered territory.
Daniel Lempres reports how COVID-19 highlights the extent to which the unhoused rely on an informal safety net to survive.
Barbara Harvey, Alex Matthews & Yuriria Ávila part of team that creates historic 1A without images to convey the vastness and variety of lives lost.
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.
Max Brimelow, Julie Chang, Pedro Cota, Alex Matthews & Kristen Hwang break down the challenges and aspirations of COVID-19 testing in Calif.
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.
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.
Will McCarthy reports on the shuttering of Calaveras' Murphys Historic Hotel.
Katie Bernstein reports on The Mountain Messenger, CA's oldest newspaper, saved this year and now bringing COVID-19 news to remote, rural Downieville.
Ellie Lightfoot reports that when Yosemite closed it was hard on all employees, but especially for a worker with cerebral palsy.
Wesaam al-Badry drove 1,500+ miles to photograph the faces behind the fresh fruits and vegetables America demands.
Ali DeFazio and Brian Wollitz's report on the lone school still operating in California makes the 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.
Wyatt Kroopf reports on COVID concerns in remote Alpine County over a cafe that draws older, retired Nevadans for one main thing: lottery tickets.
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.
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.
KQED interviews Robin Estrin ('21) 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.
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.
Nina Sparling reports how farms have been forced to find new sales outlets overnight or leave perishable crops to rot.
Clara Mokri captures images throughout Los Angeles during the shelter-in-place order.
Yuri Avila, Barbara Harvey, Alex Leeds Matthews and Brian Perlman contribute data visualization to New York Times story.
Will McCarthy reports on California's calculated risks ahead of wildfire season.
Gisela Pérez de Acha spent two weeks investigating the first COVID-related death in her home country Mexico.
Lulu Orozco reports on workers in the Salinas Valley who find it difficult to afford the very food they harvest.
Molly Forster reports on the capacity of Imperial County—the state’s most impoverished county— to deal with the virus.
Mickey Capper talks to Amazon warehouse employees who say the e-commerce giant isn’t doing enough to protect them.
Nina Sparling reports the pandemic is changing how we interact with medical professionals.
Nina Sparling reports on electricians, pipefitters and other skilled workers let go at Bay Area refineries.
Special dispatch from the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law + Berkeley Journalism by Brian Perlman and visiting scholar Sophie Timmermann.
Annette Choi reports the virus circulated for at least a month before new victims came to light.
Alyson Stamos and Meiying Wu report on how San Francisco's Chinatown has outrun the crisis.
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.
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.
Miki Katoni and Nina Sparling report on COVID19's financial impact on clinics that care for some of CA’s most vulnerable patients.
Ali DeFazio and Brian Wollitz's report on CA’s lone open school runs on the front page of The New York Times.
Ashley Njoroge highlights the lives of mother and daughter Carolina Tovar and Leticia Ramirez.
Amy Mostafa profiles a medical practice office manager in Madera remembered for the sparkle in her eye and laugh.
Nick Roberts' remembrance of David Werksman who worked on the bomb squad at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
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.
- The Journalism Students Helping The Times Cover California
- UC Berkeley grad students give NYT’s California coronavirus coverage a boost
- Joining forces
- UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, New York Times join forces for COVID-19 coverage
- Berkeley Journalism and the ‘New York Times’ partner to cover COVID-19 crisis
- Meiying Wu and Alyson Stamos ('20) discuss their report about how San Francisco’s Chinatown has outrun the COVID crisis through early preparation and smart partners.
- USF Alumnus published in The New York Times