Brian Rinker

I'm a San Francisco-based freelance journalist with a background in public health. I earned a dual master's degree in public heath and  journalism from UC Berkeley. I specialize in narrative and news writing, with technical and creative skills in photography, audio and video.

Reporting Experience

December 2016-present

Mission Local

Tackle breaking news, cover the health beat and write features.

June 2015 – August 2015

Pulliam Fellow Storytelling Team
Arizona Republic

Wrote heavily reported, character-driven articles about anarchists who moved into a suburban neighborhood, a profile about a transgender woman who filed the city’s first discrimination com- plaint and an A1 story about homeless court.

May 2014 - August 2014

Journalism Fellow
Chronicle of Social Change

fmcSifted through the jargon and bureaucracy of the child welfare and juvenile justice system in order to tell stories about kids falling through cracks. One of my stories, Three Brothers; Three Paths Out Of Foster Care, inspired California law makers to create Senate Bill 12, which secures foster care benefits for probation-involved youth.

September 2013 – December 2013

Editorial Intern
SF Weekly

sfweeklyWrote three stories a day for the news blog, The Snitch, while working on longer enterprise stories for print, including a family’s fight with the San Francisco school district over their autistic child’s special education. Working as a freelancer, I told the bizarre tale of a private investigator accused of intimidating a gangster.

June 2012 – August 2012

News Intern
San Francisco Bay Guardian

Dug into the origins of “gunpowder” heroin in the Tenderloin and covered City Hall politics.

June 2011 – September 2013

Central City Extra

Reported on public health issues specific to San Francisco’s Tenderloin community, including efforts to bring healthy foods to the area and the Mid-Market economic boom.


Graduation 2017 (expected)

University of California, Berkeley
Graduate School of Journalism and School of Public Health

Graduated 2014

San Francisco State University
Major: Journalism Minor: Criminal Justice

Created a weekly column about heroin addiction, called My Heroin Years and worked as a metro reporter for the student-run newspaper, Golden Gate Express.

Associate Degree 2012

City College of San Francisco

I worked as a reporter and editor for the student-run newspaper, The Guardian. I managed and trained 10 journalism students, produced multimedia stories, including the production of broadcast-style videos, news documentaries and audio slideshows.

I wrote features about City College students who worked in porn at Kink.com, the Occupy Movement and a first-person narrative on sex, drugs and college for the school magazine Etc.



Reported for KQED California Report, California Healthline, East Bay Express, SF Weekly and Potrero View, covering disasters, health policies, crime, education and community news.

Résumé and writing clips