Tribune reporter Ryan Gabrielson is one of two journalists nationally who have been selected for the prestigious University of California Berkeley Investigative Reporting Fellowships.
Gabrielson, who along with former Tribune reporter Paul Giblin won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, will begin his fellowship in September.
Matt Isaacs, a 1999 graduate of the journalism school at Berkeley, was also selected for the fellowship. Gabrielson and Isaacs will be working under the direction of professor Lowell Bergman during the 2009-2010 school year at Berkeley. Bergman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and documentarian.
The program is designed “to develop and protect investigative reporters in an era of cutbacks at major news organizations,” according to a press release issued by UC Berkeley. Projects from the program have appeared on PBS’ FRONTLINE, ABC’s Nightline, the CBS Evening News, and in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among others.
Gabrielson has worked at the Tribune since 2004 covering higher education and writing investigative projects. The series Reasonable Doubt, co-authored with Giblin, uncovered how emergency response and criminal investigations suffered when the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office became more focused on immigration enforcement.
The fellowship runs through next May. Gabrielson said he intends to return to the East Valley with his family at its conclusion.