Byrhonda Lyons

Byrhonda Lyons

Byrhonda Lyons is an award-winning video journalist for CALmatters. She creates compelling video news stories that engage and educate viewers about policy and politics in California. Her work has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, KPBS, KVIE-PBS, and local television stations throughout California. She won an EPPY and an award from the California News Publishers Association (CNPA) for CalMatters' 2018 Elections Guide. She also won a first-place CNPA award for producing a climate change explainer. Prior to joining CALmatters, she was a freelance video producer and worked as a digital media specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. She was also an editor for the San Quentin News, an inmate-run newspaper in California. Byrhonda is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. When she’s not working, you can catch her searching archives for trailblazing black women who have been left out of history books.


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