Jackie Botts

Jackie covers income inequity and economic survival for the The California Divide collaboration. She has reported for the Data and Enterprise desk for Reuters News and for her hometown paper, The Santa Barbara Independent. Her reporting on immigration, the environment, and justice has appeared in Reuters, Pacific Standard, Public Radio International’s “The World,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. A graduate of Stanford University’s master’s program in journalism, she received the James S. Robinson student journalism award for a multimedia series that documented the impacts of wildfires on immigrant communities in Northern California in 2017. Jackie is a Report for America corps member.


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