staff writer, San Jose Mercury News
De Sá was born in Stanford, California and earned a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies at San Francisco State University. Her journalism career has included reporting positions at a number of newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times and the Fremont Argus, where she has covered city government and social welfare issues. Since 1999, she has worked as a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, most recently covering social services and juvenile justice. Her series on California’s youth prison system, “Where Hope is Locked Away,” which described conditions that included wards being locked up in cages for hours every day, fueled a state investigation and sweeping proposals for reform. She has won a number of awards for her work, including being named Journalist of the Year in 2004 by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for her series of reform-producing stories on Santa Clara County juvenile facilities.
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