Charla Bear is an award-winning journalist, designer and university instructor on a mission to make storytelling more game changing, relevant, and audience centered.
She’s currently a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford, one of 20 international journalists selected for the prestigious innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship program. Her goal is to use cutting edge design methods to infuse public media with more creativity and experimentation.
Before setting out to redesign journalism’s future, Charla reported and anchored Bay Area news for KQED, filed statewide features for The California Report, and contributed to national outlets including Marketplace and NPR.
She landed in The Golden State after tackling the education beat for KPLU in Seattle and doubling as a producer/director for NPR’s Weekend Edition and Morning Edition in Washington, D.C.
Along the way, she’s shared her love of storytelling by teaching at the University of Washington, San Francisco State, and various mentoring programs.
Charla’s adventure began in Fairbanks, Alaska on a sub-zero day with more than 19 hours of darkness. She is an enrolled member of Tanana Village, an Alaska Native tribe, and a first-generation college graduate. She has a master of journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Washington.