Bryan Gibel

Bryan Gibel is a reporter and producer in his second year at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

He began working in journalism as a bilingual newspaper reporter in New Mexico, while moonlighting as a reporter/producer at a public radio station.

Since coming to Berkeley, he has become deeply involved in investigative reporting and visual storytelling, spending nearly all his time tracking down documents and interviews or looking at the world through the lens of a photo or video camera.

He speaks three languages fluently and has reported and published in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He worked as a foreign correspondent in Brazil in the summer of 2010, and he will travel to South Africa and Burkina Faso in December to produce a multimedia documentary on biotechnology in Africa in collaboration with a radio producer from Senegal.

Bryan was awarded a Mark Felt Scholarship for Investigative Reporting in 2010. He holds a B.A. in international studies with honors from the University of Chicago.

Education:

University of Chicago
September 2000 - March 2005
GPA: 3.75/4.0 in major (International Studies). Graduated with honors.

Published Stories:

Red-hot Brazilian Economy Running Afoul of Paperwork
GlobalPost
Brazil may have one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but it is being weighed down by a top-heavy bureaucracy that costs the country billions each year.By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for GlobalPost.
Brazil Despairs After World Cup Loss
GlobalPost
The 2010 Word Cup was an unprecedented motor for product marketing in Brasil, but euphoria quickly turned to anguish after the country was unexpectedly eliminated by the Netherlands. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for GlobalPost.
U.S. Aid to Pakistan Confronts Failing Schools and a Troubled Past
FRONTLINE/World
The U.S. will give $7.5 billion in civilian aid to Pakistan over the next 5 years. Billions have been spent in the past. What is different this time? By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for FRONTLINE/World.
Toxic Housing and Asthma Plague the Mission
Mission Loc@l
Housing violations and breathing problems in the Mission are both nearly twice the city average, and the neighborhood has one of the highest asthma rates in the city. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for Mission Loc@l.
Feds to Continue Raids on Medical Pot in California
Mission Loc@l

Despite rhetoric of détente from Washington, this story was the first to break the news that prosecutors will continue raids on medical marijuana across the state. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for Mission Loc@l.

Obama and San Francisco Officials Disagree on Health Care Reform
Mission Loc@l

Obama says national health care reform will exclude undocumented immigrants. San Francisco's public health program—touted as a model for reform—doesn't ask about immigration status. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for Mission Loc@l.

Hotel Workers’ Rally Leads to Arrests
Mission Loc@l

More than 1,700 hotel workers protested in Union Square in San Francisco on Sept. 24, 2009. The action led to nearly 100 arrests. Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, shot the photos, recorded the audio and put together this slide show for Mission Loc@l.

Demand for Urban Gardening Exceeds Space
Mission Loc@l

As community gardens have grown more popular in San Francisco's Mission District, so have wait lists, and it could take up to 20 years to get a plot. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for Mission Loc@l.

Proposed Legislation Would Set Up a Venue for State-Wide Police Oversight
89.9 KUNM FM

New Mexico doesn't have a mechanism for responding to complaints of police minsconduct around the state. This long form radio piece investigates a proposal by state law-makers that would place police oversight under the authority of an existing state-wide committee. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for 89.9 KUNM FM.

Immigration Advocates Say Prison Expansion Will Only Compound Problems
The Santa Fe New Mexican

This investigative report broke the story on $62 million in county funding for a privately operated prison built to hold detained immigrants in Southern New Mexico. The story aired before the prison opened and was the featured story on the front page of the paper. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Casi Está Lista Una Nueva Prisión En Otero County
La Voz de Nuevo México

This is the original Spanish language version of an investigative report that broke the story on $62 million in county funding for a privately operated prison built to hold detained immigrants in Southern New Mexico. The story aired before the prison opened and was written in Spanish, not translated from English. By Bryan Gibel, class of 2011, for La Voz de Nuevo México.