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Charla Bear

Charla Bear ('15)

Anchor and reporter, KQED Public Media, San Francisco
cdbear@stanford.edu, @CharlaReports

Charla Bear is inspired by journalism’s ability to bring us into new worlds, teach us about disparate communities, and increase our empathy for people. Her fellowship at Stanford has been focused on helping public media better achieve its mission of engaging and representing diverse audiences. She believes the key is for it to be more creative, innovative, and experimental. So she immersed herself in design thinking, leadership, and organizational behavior courses, plus consulted with cutting-edge thinkers in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Journalism Challenge

Q: How might we redesign public media newsrooms to increase their creativity and innovation?

A: Start by making a commitment to do so, then explore my top tips in the video below!

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Posts by Charla

The d.school bus

Listening as a designer, not a journalist, helped me look deeper

Instead of tackling something people are fighting against (not enough time in the day), perhaps we should be helping them see journalism as something they're working toward.

About Charla

Charla Bear has been an architect, a tour guide in Alaska, a photographer, and now anchors and reports for KQED. In other words, she knows how to reinvent herself. She wants to help her industry do the same. Since getting her master’s from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Bear has worked for public radio outlets on both coasts, though considers herself platform agnostic. She enjoys taking pictures, blogging, and digging up documents to accompany her on-air work. Her multimedia series on American Indian Boarding Schools for NPR’s Morning Edition won a national RTNDA/Unity Award. Bear loves showing people the excitement and opportunities in journalism. She’s taught at the University of Washington, San Francisco State, and mentored up-and-coming reporters. An enrolled member of Tanana Village, she was the first in her family to go to college and strives to help others see that anything is possible.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.