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 Julia Reynolds is a reporter and editor who has worked for MediaNews newspapers, PBS, NPR and other outlets. jreynolds She has reported on gangs, crime and prisons, and co-produced the PBS documentary Nuestra Familia, Our Family. Previously, she was editor of the national Latino magazine el Andar. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a 2011 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and is represented by Andy Ross Literary Agency.


    reporter and journalist *

    I write stories about things people don’t like to think about.

    I write about child soldiers who are brainwashed and recruited into fighting wars they will never win. I write about children shooting at children. Children being imprisoned for the rest of their lives.

    This is not Sierra Leone, Sinaloa, or any other war-torn land you've read about.

    This is Northern California.

    It’s the beautiful Salinas Valley, the golden fields and mountains of Steinbeck Country, the pristine and storied coastline of Monterey County.

    And this idyllic place is where children are killing children at a rate higher than in any other county in California.

    I write about this because I want people to know and to care.

    Coming Fall 2014 from Chicago Review Press: "Blood in the Fields: Ten years inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang."

    And be sure to check out my new curated site of gang and violence prevention news and research, CalGangs.

    * “A journalist is a reporter out of a job.”

    –Mark Twain