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Jake Nicol

Jake Nicol
JSK Journalism Fellow
San Francisco, California

Jake Nicol is a national Emmy-nominated multimedia freelance journalist. Much of his work focuses on labor and immigration, reporting extensively from Latin America. He has covered the opioid crisis, hurricanes, wildfires and controversies over public lands ranching. His stories often reveal social and systemic injustice, and are driven by strong characters and surprises. 

He has worked as a senior video journalist with The Wall Street Journal in San Francisco. He was also a freelance video producer and writer for National Geographic. Early in his career, Jake helped start a community media center, working as a media educator, project and facility manager, and producer. 

His stories have appeared in various local and national publications, earning a wide range of accolades including an Edward R. Murrow award and a Society of Professional Journalists award. He has been an Online News Association award finalist and was nominated for a national News & Documentary Emmy. Nicol teaches video journalism and visual storytelling at the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute.