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Jackie Botts

Investigative data reporter & multimedia storyteller

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Currently at Data & Enterprise desk of Reuters News in New York City
MA Journalism '18 | Stanford University

Portfolio

Investigative & Multimedia Reporting

Peninsula Press
10/01/2018
Plastics are forever: Pacifica beachcombers still finding landfill fallout - Peninsula Press

Jeff Christner spots the folded credit card from several feet away. The white plastic pokes out from layers of crumbling sandstone, disintegrating cloth and glass. Christner brushes off decades of dust to reveal the card holder's name: HARRY HOFFMAN. The card expired in December 1959. Hoffman probably threw out the card with little thought.

Local: In The Peninsula
04/09/2018
Experience Bay Area capoeira in 360 degrees

The fighters circle around each other, eyes locked. One throws a swift kick at her opponent, who spins and ducks away. The pattern continues: spin, kick, escape. They're ringed by onlookers who clap and sing to the rhythm of tall drums and the , a musical bow with one string that produces a thick twang.

Breaking & General News

US News & World Report
ABCs of LGBTQ History Mandated for More U.S. Public Schools

Charley Parkhurst, a legendary stagecoach driver during California's Gold Rush, also known as "One-Eyed Charley" is seen in this illustration image, released by Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, California, U.S., on May 2, 2019.

U.S.
02/25/2019
California man who spent 39 years in prison gets $21 million for...

(Reuters) - A California man who was wrongfully convicted for killing an ex-girlfriend and her son four decades ago has reached a $21 million settlement with the city of Simi Valley, officials said. Craig Coley, 71, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1978 murder of his former partner, Rhonda Wicht, and her 4-year-old son, Donald, at their apartment.

U.S.
02/10/2019
Five minors charged with murder of Nashville musician

(Reuters) - Five juveniles are charged with shooting and killing a musician in Nashville, Tennessee outside his home after he refused to hand over his car keys, authorities said. The three boys and two girls, ranging in age from 12 to 16, were in a stolen pickup truck when they encountered Kyle Yorlets, 24, outside his home on Thursday and took his wallet, the Metropolitan Nashville Police said.

U.S.
02/07/2019
Colombia vet who smuggled heroin to U.S. in puppies sent to prison

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Colombian veterinarian who surgically implanted liquid heroin inside live puppies to smuggle the drug into the United States was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday. Andres Lopez Elorez, 39, admitted conspiring to import heroin and will be deported to Colombia after his sentence, according to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York.

Public Radio International
After the California wildfires, community leaders are trying to rebuild homes - and trust in...

On Oct. 21, when wildfires in Northern California were still smoldering, about 150 people gathered at a middle school gymnasium. Thousands more watched the livestream on Facebook. Officials in Sonoma County, the region most devastated by the fires, had put together a Spanish-language community forum to address the concerns of the Latino community - the first of its kind in the county.

Local: In The Peninsula
10/31/2017
Speier dismisses Trump's response to Manafort indictment as 'spin'

U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-14th) said any attempt by Pres. Donald Trump to distance himself from his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who was indicted on Oct. 30 on money laundering charges, would be just "spin," since Manafort was in charge when there were reported contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Independent
Santa Barbara Humane Society Executive Director Fired

Jackie Botts Critics ask why there were only three cats sheltered at the Santa Barbara Humane Society's Patterson facility, which has the capacity to house 70 felines. It can't be money woes, they say, since the society has a $30 million endowment, making it among the top-10 richest local animal welfare organizations in California.

Independent
Santa Barbara Denounces White Supremacy

Over 300 Santa Barbarans denounced white supremacy at a Sunday evening Solidarity Rally held at De la Guerra Plaza, in response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that escalated into violence the day before. Heather Heyer was killed when James Alex Field, 20, allegedly rammed his car into a group of counterprotesters, striking Heyer and leaving 19 others seriously injured.

Independent
Across Town from Fiesta, El Centro Celebrates Community

This past Friday night, as thousands milled around downtown in their Old Spanish Days getups, smashing cascarones on each other's heads and getting smashed on margaritas, a very different scene took place at El Centro, a volunteer-run community center nestled within the lower Westside, which describes itself as a radically inclusive space "for the community, by the community."

Independent
Health-Care and Abortion Forces Meet on Garden Street

A crowd of about 65 pink-clad men and women gathered outside the Planned Parenthood health clinic in Santa Barbara yesterday evening, toting signs and T-shirts with the message "I Stand with Planned Parenthood," as funding for the national nonprofit women's health-care provider continues to be threatened by the Republican promise to repeal Obamacare.

Independent
California Hate Crimes Increase by 11 Percent

A report released by the California Department of Justice found that hate crimes increased by 11.2 percent between 2015 and 2016, from 837 to 931. Perhaps this report should come as no surprise, given it spanned a year with one of the highest levels of racial discontent since the 1992 Rodney King riots and a presidential candidate who routinely excoriated Mexican immigrants.

Independent
District Attorney's Office Receives a Loving Makeover

Paul Wellman From left: Girl Scouts Lorraina Uyeno, Emma Gorman, Hannah Henderson, and Reagan Rauchhaus Monday, July 31, 2017 Above a cozy blue couch overflowing with stuffed animals and pillows, an enormous heart constructed from brightly colored hand-folded origami hearts hangs on the wall.

Independent
Inside Fire City, Population: 1,612

Jackie Botts Tents dot the campus at unified command headquarters as firefighters try to get some rest between bouts with the Whittier Fire. Dos Pueblos High Transforms into Whittier Fire Base Camp Saturday, July 15, 2017 Usually a ghost town during the sleepy summer vacation, Dos Pueblos High School is now a bustling city, a temporary home to the 1,612 firefighters, U.S.

Independent
Whittier Fire Threatens Pets and Cattle

Two snakes and one iguana died when the Whittier Fire raged through the grounds of Rancho Alegre Saturday afternoon, July 8. Ten staff members were able to escape with four cats by literally stepping through flames of the encroaching fire, said Scout Executive Carlos Cortez for the Los Padres Boy Scouts Council.

Magazine & Feature Reporting

Medium
06/21/2018
'What Are We Going to Build?' - Stanford Magazine - Medium

Who We Are By Jackie BottsPhotography by Toni Bird Y eji Jung, '18, who grew up outside of Dallas, entered Stanford feeling activated. Protests against police killings of unarmed black Americans were sweeping the country, pushing Jung to question the more idyllic view of modern race relations she'd learned in high school.

Medium
07/17/2018
The Allure of the Roaming Party - Stanford Magazine - Medium

On the night before the end of finals, you hear the rumble of a boombox and the shrieks of students outside your dorm. You run outside to join the parade. The crowd grows as you all meander through the Row, the dorms, Green Library and the Quad, and end up at Terman Fountain, where people splash each other in the calf-deep water.

Medium
07/17/2018
Alum Wins Pulitzer for International Reporting - Stanford Magazine - Medium

For months, Reuters investigative reporter Clare Baldwin, '05, visited police stations throughout Metro Manila, the government seat of the Philippines, to request crime data that were technically public but rarely made it into journalists' hands. Her diligence paid off: She secured the entire crime record for two major cities.

Medium
05/04/2018
Meet Our Young Alum Rhodes Scholar - Stanford Magazine - Medium

This year's Rhodes scholar from Jamaica, Jelani Munroe, '16, MA '17, is headed to Oxford in the fall to pursue a master of philosophy degree in development studies, a program focused on improving the lives of people in the global South. "There's a misconception that the small islands of the Caribbean are paradise.

Independent
A Trip to Totality Town, North Carolina

Jackie Botts As the moon moved past the sun on its way out of totality, the moon's rugged topography allowed beads of sunlight to shine bright, an effect known as Baily's beads.

Independent
Mariel Bildsten and Phillip Menchaca Share SOhO stage

Santa Barbaran Trombonists Channeled J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding Wednesday, September 6, 2017 On Monday, August 28, two Santa Barbara-born musicians, Mariel Bildsten and Phillip Menchaca, reunited in front of a packed crowd at SOhO Restaurant. Between two sets of bebop classics and American songbook standards, the pair showcased big chops, impressive technical solos, and melodic harmonies.

Independent
Fleet Foxes Return to Santa Barbara

As soon as Fleet Foxes reunited after a six-year hiatus, the woodsy indie-folk band got busy. In June, the band released a sonically expansive new album, Crack-Up, and embarked on a six-month world tour, which includes a stop at the Arlington Theatre on September 20.

Independent
James Vincent McMorrow Plays the Lobero

"I'll be your opening act," said James Vincent McMorrow by way of introduction, before playing his new, brooding, experimental album True Care from start to finish. Looking eerily like a Van Gogh self-portrait, with his ginger facial hair and broad-brimmed straw hat, the Irish singer/songwriter received a boisterous reception from the audience.

Independent
'Stepping into the Unknown' Explores Political Anxiety

Max Gleason, "Wish You Were Here" Silo118 Gallery Features Nine S.B. and D.C. Artists Wednesday, August 9, 2017 An information onslaught awaits whenever I tune back in: breaking-news tweets, distressing headlines, discourses on our country's deepening divides.

Independent
Flamenco's Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez

In the moments before she begins to dance, performer and instructor Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez always closes her eyes. "I let go of the audience, and the kids, what I'm wearing, how much I'm sweating, and how tired I am," said the 28-year-old of her process.

Independent
Linda Vega and Rose Marie Cruz on Fiesta

Jackie Botts from left: Rose Marie Cruz and Linda Vega Santa Barbara's Grand Dames of Flamenco Talk About Their Art Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Between trips down the coast to buy fabric, hectic phone calls with dressmakers ("You don't argue with the seamstress!"), and countless hours of rehearsals, dance studio directors Rose Marie Cruz and Linda Vega took an hour last week to catch their breath and catch up with the Santa Barbara Independent regarding their Fiesta preparations.

Independent
Sara Serena: Spain's Rising Pop Star Stops in Santa Barbara

In the midst of a dizzying promotional tour, rising pop star Sara Serena from Zaragoza, Spain, met up with Indy staff on the Santa Barbara wharf to talk about her whirlwind career. The next day she would drive to San Francisco, and the following week she jetted to Mexico City and then Bogotá, Colombia, for the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.

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