Reveal, The Center for Investigative Reporting

When I'm not in school, I moonlight as a production assistant on the award-winning audio team of reporters, producers, and engineers churning out weekly episodes. 

I work on investigative projects from pitch to publish: archival research, pulling great takes, editing, mixing, and honing my amateur sound design skills.

You can find my show bylines here.

production and research

Science of Happiness Podcast, Greater Good Science Center

From January to June 2020, I was the Associate Producer of the Science of Happiness Podcast, co-produced by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and PRX. The show has over 15 million downloads, and has featured guests like Michael Lewis and Margaret Cho.

I worked behind the scenes on all aspects of the biweekly show assembly: writing show notes, brainstorming titles, reaching out to guests, conducting expert interviews, working with illustrators, building audiograms, webifying transcripts, and pressing publish.

Investigative Reporting Program, Aging in America 

Since the fall of 2019, I've been a lead graduate researcher at Investigative Reporting Program in Berkeley, working on Geeta Anand's investigation of the elder care industry. Her August New York Times op-ed on the subject was the top story on for a week.

With the pandemic, our reporting became more urgent than ever. In spring 2020, my team's work was published in The New York Times. 

Most recently, I published a November 2020 radio story for KQED on a family grappling with at-home care after an assisted living facility outbreak.

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