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San Mateo police chief Ed Barberini, a white man with brown hair and in his police uniform, sits with his hands folded looking away from the camera.

Police Pilot New Tactics for People With Dementia as Advocates Urge Compassion

Holly McDede ('25) reports on how police are trained to interact with people with dementia.

A young girl wearing a bright blue jersey and leggings sits on the arm of her mother

‘Blood for money’: The patients forced to turn to racketeers in Nigeria

IRP alumni Iqra Salah ('23) and Linus Unah ('23) report on Nigeria's 'broken' blood supply system

Mary Ellen McConnell, a white woman with white hair, is standing over her kitchen table. In front of her are documents related to fracking on her property.

Pennsylvania’s fracking boom is hurting its oldest residents

Kate Raphael reports on how fracking effects older adults' health for Grist.

Sharon Fennix sits in the center of this photo in a bright pink sleeveless top, she is sitting outside by a fence.

Survivors from California’s Period of Forced Sterilization Denied Reparations

Cayla Mihalovich ('24) reports on why it's so hard for formerly-incarcerated people to receive the promised reparations for forced sterilization in California prisons.

Josie Adler, 80, molds a mask in a pottery class in Berkeley, California.

Have this talk with your parents now to reduce heartache later

Leqi Zhong reports on a difficult conversation between older adults and their adult children.

In this still from an officer’s body camera video, Thompson Nguyen walks through a South San Jose power plant, carrying a metal pipe and an ax and yelling, “Shoot me.”

Losing control: When San Jose police confront people in mental health crisis, why do they end up hurting them so often?

Through the California Reporting Project, IRP students found that a staggering number of people hurt or killed by San Jose Police are mentally ill or intoxicated.

Photo from the backseat of a van of Floyd Coleman helping Mark Daldegan get into a minivan outside the Dillon

Lack of transportation strands seniors in rural Kansas, a worsening problem as the country ages

Andrew Lopez ('23) reports on how lack of transportation presents a challenge for older adults who want to age in their rural communities.

82-year-olds Jane Lapiner (left) and David Simpson, formerly known as the Diggers embrace in their living room, with a bookshelf in the background. He is wearing a blue shirt and darker blue vest, she is wearing a gray sweater.

1970s-era ‘back-to-the-landers’ now aging in place together

Ruth Dusseault reports on how 'back-to-the-landers' age in place in Northern California.

Illustration of a hotel at sunset, with the sign for the hotel

Should Hotel Chains Be Held Liable for Human Trafficking?

The IRP's Managing Editor, Bernice Yeung, investigates hotels' role in human trafficking for The New Yorker.

Camran Hayes, a white man, cares for Virginia Domini an older white woman. Virginia is wearing a polka dot top and Hayes is helping her stretch out her arm.

As worker shortages loom, some states move to train paid caregivers

Katie Rodriguez reports on efforts to standardize training for caregivers, the latest in the IRP's reporting on Aging in America.

Farmer Rick Cook is a white man wearing a blue T-shirt and tan baseball cap. He is sitting on a green John Deere tractor in front of a barn on his Farmstead.

Aging farmers toil well past retirement, with no heirs or desire to leave land they’ve tended for decades

Cara Nixon reports on the challenges of succession planning for Oregon farmers.

SUNY Chancellor John King is standing in a Nursing Skills Lab at SUNY Plattsburgh. John King is wearing a dark suit and has his hands in his pockets, he is standing in a hospital room where a practice mannequin is in the hospital bed in front of him.

With 1 in 4 New Yorkers over 60, state seeks public’s help in master plan for surging senior population

Ruth Dusseault reports the latest in our coverage of Aging in America

A photo of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Violence and ‘crisis’: How hundreds of L.A. County’s abused children ended up in hotels

IRP reporter Kathryn Hurd finds that state officials have run out of foster homes, leading them to put abused youth in unlicensed places.

Cindy Tine, a white woman with brown hair wearing a pink t-shirt, is holding a large gray cat next to her.

Pets can make aging easier, but they’re expensive. CT volunteers are looking to help

Richard Tzul reports on The Senior Paw Project, a program that helps older people take care of and keep their pets.

A large white truck, license plate reads: 14 Fire Rescue

Older Adults in Sonoma County to Get Fire-Safety Home Retrofits — for Free

Kate Raphael ('24) reports on a Sonoma County program to help older adults retrofit their homes.

Mother and daughter Annie and Tanya Dixon sit in a pew together during Sunday services. Both are masked.

Making churches more welcoming for members with dementia: ‘ We don’t want them to think they’re forgotten.’

Celeste Hamilton Dennis ('24) reports on a program to make church services more welcoming to members with dementia

A photo of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Violence and ‘crisis’: How hundreds of L.A. County’s abused children ended up in hotels

Kathryn Hurd ('21) finds that state officials have run out of foster homes, leading them to put abused youth in unlicensed places.

A man sits outside looking at a tablet.

After police killings, families are kept in the dark and grilled for information

Brian Howey ('23) reports on how police officers are trained to grill family members after police shootings. This story was Brian's investigation in Prof. David Barstow's second year investigative reporting seminar.

A police officer in uniform stands up, and in front of his a podium marked Antioch Police

Amid FBI investigation, Antioch police refuse to release use of force records, including a controversial neck hold that has since been widely banned

IRP Reporters Krissy Waite ('23) and Bella Arnold ('24) contribute to reporting on Antioch's refusal to release records that would shed light on police use of force.

A young woman hands an older man a Trader Joe

Nearly 1.5 million California seniors could get help to buy food, but don’t. Here’s why

Kori Suzuki reports the latest in our coverage of Aging in American

A pedestrian passes Marty’s Place, a housing co-op for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. 1 of 2 A pedestrian passes Marty’s Place, a housing co-op for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.

Long-term HIV survivors find familial support in unique S.F. group home

Jeremiah Rhodes ('24) reports on older adults living with HIV, the latest in the IRP's coverage of Aging in America

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How SF’s Affordable Housing Crisis Is Crushing Retirement For Its Low-Income Seniors

Chris Chang reports on how low-income seniors struggle to find housing in San Fransciso.

Illustration of a person sitting with a laptop in front of an green eye filled with binary code, when the animation changes the eye becomes a green cloud above the person at their laptop.

The Black Box: Colleges spend thousands on AI to prevent suicides and shootings. Evidence that it works is scant.

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

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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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

An abstract image featuring a black square in the center with a shattered glass effect, evoking the urgency of police shootings. Surrounding the black square are various blue and white rectangles and two black

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 IRP'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

Three boys are pictured side-by-side. The first boy is in a blue plaid shirt with a blue backdrop, smiling softly. The middle boy is in a yellow shirt, giving a gentle smile while indoors. The third boy wears a blue shirt and is smiling wide while looking slightly to the side, creating an image worthy of Berkeley Journalism.

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.

A man wearing a light blue striped shirt and glasses sits in a motorized wheelchair in a kitchen. The room has wooden cabinets and a white refrigerator in the background. The man, who appears deep in thought like he

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.

An elderly person leans on a cane and peers through window blinds. The scene, worthy of a Berkeley Journalism piece, includes a surveillance camera pointed at the window, an empty wicker chair, and a modern floor lamp. The background is purple with a light green section around the lamp.

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.

Two smiling women stand side by side with the older woman’s arm around the younger one. They are outdoors near a body of water, with a hill and cityscape in the background. The sky is clear and both women appear happy, capturing a peaceful moment that feels straight out of a Berkeley Journalism feature story.

Conversation and Cookies Lead to An Intergenerational Friendship

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

A person wearing a purple jacket, patterned scarf, and pink cap smiles while taking a selfie inside a train. Rows of blue and white seats and a large window on the right side of the train are visible in the background, capturing an impromptu moment en route to their Berkeley Journalism class.

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.

A man wearing a beige jacket is reflected in a bathroom mirror above a sink cluttered with various items, including toiletries and cleaning supplies. The dimly lit room hosts a fan and several books on shelves in the background, evoking the organized chaos often seen in Berkeley Journalism rooms.

‘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.

A young child with curly hair sits on a white chair, smiling brightly at the camera. The child is wearing a blue and green plaid shirt, and there is a turquoise crocheted blanket draped over the chair

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.

A smiling woman holds a sign that reads "Elders and Grandparents Supporting Students" at a crowded outdoor protest. She is wearing a dark green T-shirt with a print of a tree. Other demonstrators with signs are visible in the background, capturing the spirit of community in true Berkeley Journalism fashion.

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.

Black couple holding baby

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).

A scenic view of a dam with a bridge structure spanning a river, surrounded by grassy hills and vegetation. The sky above is partly cloudy with hints of blue, and there is a calm section of water in the foreground, setting the perfect scene for any Berkeley Journalism piece on nature

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.