Headshot by Pedro Cota

Photo by Pedro Cota

About me

I'm a health and data reporter. I earned my masters' degrees in public health and journalism from UC Berkeley in spring 2020. Since then, I've been working for the New York Times graphics desk on various COVID-19 tracking projects. I'm interested in telling stories about health politics, policy, data, access and equity.

Mapping COVID Reopenings

The New York Times, Summer 2020.

Google Ad Spending in the 2020 Presidential Primary

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, December 2019.

Fulbright COVID Evacuations

Huffington Post, April 6, 2020

Socioeconomic Status in Health Reporting

Center for Health Journalism, August 13, 2019

Disparities in Liver Cancer

California Health Report, October 25, 2018.

Education

University of California, Berkeley
August 2017 – May 2020 | Master of Journalism and Master of Public Health

University of California, Berkeley
August 2009 – May 2013 | B.A. Sociology

Experience

The New York Times
News Assistant, August 2020 - Present
Freelance Data Reporter, May 2020 - August 2020

  • Collected and cleaned data for major interactive news features, including the Times' historic front page featuring the names of 1,000 of the 100,000 people killed by coronavirus in late May.

UC Berkeley Labor Center
Graduate Student Researcher, August - December 2019

  • Compiled data and expert resources for series of blog posts on the affordability of employer-sponsored insurance in California.

Issue One
Research Intern, June - August 2019

  • Created report on online political advertising using data from Google, Twitter and Facbook’s digital ad databases
  • Assisted with reports on FEC filing data.

Kaiser Health News
Reporting Intern, May 2018 – August 2018

  • Reported on California health policy and politics.
  • Assisted with election coverage, campaign finance analyses, breaking news and major investigative efforts.

Capitol Weekly
Contributing Reporter, May 2013 - December 2013, October 2015 - May 2018

  • Researched and reported on California politics and policy, producing in-depth news features, profiles, and breaking news.

Peace Corps Morocco
Youth Development Volunteer, January 2014 - November 2015

  • Completed over 300 hours of language and culture training.
  • Taught English and ran youth development projects, including girls’ soccer camp.

Skills

  • Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Coding: R, HTML, CSS.
  • Microsoft Excel.
  • Data visualization (R, Excel, Tableau)
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.
  • Foreign languages: Fluent Moroccan Arabic and intermediate French.
  • Adobe Suite: InDesign and PhotoShop.

Other Activities

  • Volunteer editing for newspaper at San Quentin State Prison.
  • Teaching weightlifting and indoor cycling classes
  • Home-brewing beer.