Resumé

Maria Sestito

writer, editor & photographer

currently in Berkeley, Calif.

 

Reporter and photojournalist interested in educating people about the world, educating myself, traveling and making a positive impact any way that I can.

Experience

 

Investigative Reporting Program, Berkeley, Calif.

Student Researcher

Rebooted the newspaper's crime beat, establishing better relationships within the community as well as law enforcement agencies. Covered breaking news, crime, courts, housing, mental health and the lgbtq community. Curated the Instagram account, increasing its followers fivefold. 

University Business Partnerships & Services, Berkeley, Calif.

Marketing Assistant

Responsible for brand building and developing social media marketing strategies. Creates content for multiple print and online platforms. Acts as  the department marketing liaison among partners and UC Berkeley stakeholders.

Oakland North, Berkeley, Calif.

Business Reporter

Wrote feature-length business and technology stories for the fast-paced, hyperlocal website operated by UC Berkeley journalism students. In addition to writing news articles, I photographed events, edited the website and social media posts, created video stories and contributed to the affiliated podcast, Tales of Two Cities. 

The Napa Valley Register, Napa, Calif.

Public Safety Reporter

Rebooted the newspaper's crime beat, establishing better relationships within the community as well as law enforcement agencies. Covered breaking news, crime, courts, housing, mental health and the lgbtq community. Curated the Instagram account, increasing its followers fivefold. 

The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.

Reporter, Photographer

Responsible for taking, editing and captioning photos for print and online news media. Types of photos include news, feature, sports and photo illustrations. Reporter responsible for crime, business, event and general assignment reporting. Also responsible for writing obituaries as well as updating music and weekend calendars. 

Education

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley, Calif.

Graduation: May 2020

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, 2018-2019

Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Fellow, June 2019

Dean’s Merit Fellowship, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 2018-2020

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Graduation: May 2012

Major: Middle Eastern Studies                      GPA: 3.8

Minor: Women and Gender Studies

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Theta Kappa, Delta Epsilon Iota, Tau Sigma

 

Languages

 

English

Arabic

Skills

 

writing

editing

photography

videography

photo & video editing

social media

 

In print

Napa Valley Register

St. Helena Star

American Canyon Eagle

The Weekly Calistogan

Inside Napa Valley

The Daily News

Star News

New Bern Sun Journal

Kinston Free Press

Topsail Advertiser

Coastal Living

Menus & More

 

 

Online

 

napavalleyregister.com

jdnews.com

newbernsj.com

starnewsonline.com

kinston.com

topsailadvertiser.com

hickoryrecord.com

citizen-times.com

pal-item.com

newsday.com

startribune.com

theheraldbusinessjournal.com

dailycommercial.com

mobilefoodnews.com

globalnews.ca

newsinphoto.ru

sott.net

baynewsrising.org

oaklandnorth.net

 

 

 

2010 - present

2010 - present