Hi, guys! I’m Shannon! I’m currently a junior at the University of California, Berkeley and am studying Latin American Studies. Journalism is my passion, and story telling and reporting run through my veins. I currently work at The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student newspaper, where I am the assistant sports editor and currently cover football and basketball. I have also been a sports reporter, covering women’s swim and baseball. Before switching to the sports department, I worked in the news department, covering breaking news, protests, etc.
Ice water may run through some people’s veins, but newspaper ink runs through mine. As a sophomore in high school, I decided to try my hand at journalism. My junior year, I had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., for the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear and wrote an op-ed piece for The Sacramento Bee.
As a senior, I was an editor-in-chief of The Gazette. That year, I wrote a story on the 10-year anniversary of September 11 about a little-known drama that left some in my community crying in relief and others in despair, which won the Quill and Scroll Sweepstakes Award for In-Depth Reporting. I also won the Sweepstakes Award for General Columns for columns I wrote about our political system, the problem with not checking facts, and the use of the word “retarded.” I wrote a sports story about the long journey that led my school to win its first Division 1 section championship in football, a story that was named the second place sports story in California.
As a freshman at Cal, I wrote stories about, among other things, a protest surrounding solitary confinement, BART elections, a new start-up, and the appointment of a new associate dean. Now, as a sophomore, I have been a reporter for the Academics & Administration beat and am currently writing for sports, covering the women’s swim beat, among other things.
I hope you guys enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing for it!