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Debora Royal, center, takes her seat for the Thanksgiving meal for members of Kingdom Care Senior Village Friday in Washington.

‘Villages’ for the aging coming to more Black communities

Myah Overstreet reports on the Kingdom Care Senior Village in the latest from our Aging in America Project.

A young runner sits surrounded by trophies, wearing multiple medals. Her face is digitally blurred with a yellow graphic. Underneath are the title and subtitle of the story.

Is High School Running in Need of a Reckoning?

Margie Cullen ('22) and Anne Marshall-Chalmers ('22) report for Runner's World on the troubling consequences of increasingly competitive high school running programs.

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‘DYING INSIDE’: CHAOS AND CRUELTY IN LOUISIANA JUVENILE DETENTION

Meg Shutzer and Rachel Mueller's deeply reported investigation into the Ware Youth Center in Louisiana publishes on the front page of The New York Times

The unseen toll of nonfatal police shootings

Brian Howey ('22) reports with Wesley Lowery on the devastating toll of nonfatal police shootings for The Washington Post.

Graphic of a woman in a polka dot blouse surrounded by images of birth control pills, a thermometer, and a pregnancy planning app.

Inside Anti-Abortion Groups’ Campaign to Sell Women on Unreliable Birth Control “Alternatives”

Berkeley Journalism students provided reporting for this story in collaboration with Mother Jones, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, UC Berkeley's Human Right Center on this investigation.

An illustration in black and green of a person sitting at their desk facing a large monitor.

Tracked: How colleges use AI to monitor student protests

Ari Sen (22) and Dereka Bennett's (22) investigation into how colleges use AI to monitor students published by The Dallas Morning News

Francesca Dixon standing outside in a red dress

LGBTQ seniors can struggle to find affordable housing. A Sacramento development is trying to help.

Felicia Alvarez ('23) reports on on an affordable housing community aimed at LGBTQ seniors in Sacramento.

Javier Garcia is standing in a blue shirt placing a kitten-print pillow under Josette Paoni’s head while she sits in a chair with her head down and eyes closed.

How to keep older adults safer during heat waves? Give them housemates.

Sofie Kodner ('22) reports on intergenerational housing as a way to protect seniors during extreme heat waves.

A roofer works on top of a housing development while the sun shines brightly behind them, during a June 2021 heatwave.

Climate change is fueling extreme heat. Who’s looking out for the most vulnerable Americans?

Katie Rodriguez ('23) reports on the risk extreme heat poses to older Americans and how "buddy" programs are emerging to help.

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When Private Equity Takes Over a Nursing Home

Yasmin Rafiei, the Investigative Reporting Program's reporter in residence, reports on the devastating decline in residents’ care and increase in deaths after the acquisition of St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged.

Search and rescue team and a person in scrubs help transfer three older women in to a van, in the background smoke from the Camp fire can be seen as the Feather River hospital burns behind them.

In Climate-Driven Disasters, Older People and the Disabled Are Most at Risk. Now In-Home Caregivers Are Being Trained in How to Help Them

Katie Rodriguez ('23) reports how in-home caregivers are preparing for climate emergencies for the IRP's Aging in America project.

A performer in a big spiky wig at The Posh club leads a conga line of older adults.

Dancing away the loneliness: In the UK, social prescriptions help fight isolation during the pandemic

Sofie Kodner ('22) and Zachary Fletcher ('22) report on social prescriptions for loneliness in older adults for the IRP's Aging in America reporting project.

Two adults stand checking passports and papers while a child stands watching.

US-expelled Haitians fuel charter business to Latin America

Planes arrive empty to Haiti but return to South America full. An Associated Press, Investigative Reporting Program, and Berkeley Human Rights Center investigation reveals how Haitians have become a lucrative market for travel agencies and low-budget airlines

News Analysis: Anthony, Noah, Gabriel and beyond: How to fix L.A. County DCFS

Reporter Garrett Therolf of the Investigative Reporting Program and Matt Hamilton of the Los Angeles Times report on the systemic flaws behind L.A. County's failure to prevent child abuse.

No way out: How the poor get stranded in California nursing homes

Jesse Bedayn ('21) reports for CalMatters on how nursing home residents end up stuck in facilities and unable to return to the community.

How new monitoring systems keep a close watch on older people

Sofie Kodner ('22) reports on how surveillance technology is changing caregiving for older Americans.

Conversation and Cookies Lead to An Intergenerational Friendship

Zachary Fletcher ('22) reports on the friendship of octogenarian Sukari Addison and millennial Kathleen Toohill.

How Amtrak Trains Became One Retired Traveler’s Sanctuary During the Pandemic

Will McCarthy ('21) reports on one woman's trip across the country during the pandemic.

‘It makes a humongous difference’: Lack of Wi-Fi in city SROs deepens residents’ isolation

Sofie Kodner ('22) reports on lack of access to the internet in San Francisco's SRO buildings.

Before a 4-year-old boy’s killing, authorities wavered on rescuing him

An investigation by the Investigative Reporting Program and Los Angeles Times uncovered how failures in the child welfare system led to a young child's death.

Extreme weather hurts older Californians. That’s started a wave of climate activism

Zachary Fletcher ('22) reports on a new wave of climate activism among older adults.

Doulas hope to regain momentum as Covid restrictions ease

Sarah Hoenicke Flores ('19) reports on how Covid restrictions have affected doula care. Photos by Stephanie Penn ('21).

Drought in the Klamath Basin inflames a decades-old war over water and fish

In this story for Inside Climate News, Anne Marshall-Chalmers ('22) reports on how the drought has fueled tensions between farmers and Klamath tribes.

Hope and disappointment for the homeless in Oakland

Brett Simpson ('21) reports for The New York Times on a homeless couple's yearlong odyssey to find permanent housing in Oakland.

An explosion in Texas shows the hidden dangers of tanks holding heavy fuels

Sabrina Shankman ('09) and Julia Kane ('21) report on safety hazards posed by tanks holding heavy fuels.

California’s almond trees rely on honey bees and wild pollinators, but a lack of good habitat is making their job harder

Anne Marshall-Chalmers reports on how pesticides and drought are putting a strain on honey bees and wild pollinators - and the crops that depend on them

Essential caregivers were locked out of nursing homes during COVID-19. Advocates don’t want it to happen again.

Anne Marshall-Chalmers ('22) reports for USA Today on the movement to allow essential caregivers to enter nursing homes, even during a pandemic.

Oakland police overtime payments straining city’s budget

Noah Baustin ('22) reports on how dozens of Oakland police officers are collecting six-figure overtime payments

‘I feel freer.’ How California program helps seniors ‘age at home’ during pandemic

Jesse Bedayn ('21) reports on a California program that helps older adults age at home instead of long-term care facilities

Dozens of Oakland police officers earn six-figure overtime payments, busting city budget

Noah Baustin ('22) reports that dozens of Oakland police officers earn more than the city's mayor, due to overtime payments

Noxious neighbors: The EPA knows tanks holding heavy fuels emit harmful chemicals. Why are Americans still at risk?

Sabrina Shankman ('09) and Julia Kane ('21) report on health hazards posed by bulk storage tanks.

“I felt hate more than anything”: How an active duty airman tried to start a civil war

Gisela Pérez de Acha (’20), Kathryn Hurd (’21) and Ellie Lightfoot (’21) report on one man's journey into extremism and the threat extremist groups pose in the U.S.

With SF mayor’s backing, developer asks to demolish, rebuild 20-year-old public housing

Nina Sparling ('20) reports on plans to raze a public housing site in San Francisco. Ande Richards ('22) and Imran Ali Malik ('22) contributed reporting.

A successful lifeline for Natomas students is feeling the strain

Erin Chessin ('21) and Brett Marsh ('21) report on how the pandemic is putting enormous strain on one school district's mental health program.

Elderly at small residential care homes face challenges getting COVID-19 vaccine

Anne Marshall-Chalmers ('22) reports on how elderly at small residential care homes are facing challenges getting COVID-19 vaccine

‘How am I going to keep this up?’ COVID intensifies plight of family caregivers

Anne Marshall-Chalmers ('22) reports on howCOVID is intensifying the plight of family caregivers

Rapid vaccine rollout at California nursing homes raises concern

Anne Marshall-Chalmers ('22) reports on how the rapid vaccine rollout at California nursing homes is raising concerns

With COVID-19 concerns, anxious families eye in-home senior care

As part of our in-depth coverage of aging in America, Brett Simpson ('21) reports for The California Report Magazine on how some families are turning to in-home care as care homes become Covid hot spots. 

 

COVID changed Chez Panisse, but Alice Waters is still taking care of local farmers

Amalya Dubrovsky ('21) reports how COVID impacted Chez Panisse and founder Alice Waters rallied to take care of local farmers.

Oakland’s Chinatown business owners struggle to weather the pandemic

Tamera Moore and Qinghui Kong ('22) report on the many ways small businesses in Oakland’s Chinatown are hurting.

Organizing for change: How some activists are responding to police violence

Bashirah Mack ('22) reports from a pop-up protest sign exchange to the defund police campaign, Black organizers in Oakland are working hard to change the status quo.

Why did Oakland’s Measure QQ fare so much better than other youth vote propositions in California?

Elena Neale-Sacks ('22) breaks down why Measure QQ passed when other youth voting measures failed.

In LA, smooth voting (so far) after primary stumbles

Elena Neale-Sacks ('22) reports on in-person voting and preparing for potential protests in Los Angeles.

California facing a “moderate” risk from right-wing militias

Nahima Shaffer ('22) reports on the threat level of disruptions by right-wing militias around Election Day.

In the Bay Area, hope and anxiety

Brian Howey and Steve Rascón ('22) report on the gloom and anxiety of post-election limbo.

Voting at 17? Not so fast

Elena Neale-Sacks ('22) explains the failure of Proposition 18, despite high-profile support and funding.