Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessie Schiewe most recently moved to Berkeley from Oahu where she worked (by day) as a reporter for The Honolulu Weekly and (by night) as a waitress at The Downbeat Diner. Prior to her move, Jessie had worked as a freelance writer, ashtanga-vinyasa yoga teacher, and editorial intern for The Los Angeles Times' health and science section. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2010 where she majored in Government and English and spent her summers interning for C-SPAN in Washington, D.C. and Flaunt Magazine in Hollywood. In between classes, she wrote for The Wesleyan Argus and campus literary journals and had a talk radio show on the campus station, WESU 88.1 FM, called "Earl Grey's Library." ("It was great fun," she adds, "but, sadly, I think my mother was my biggest fan"). Although her admittance to UC Berkeley's School of Journalism Graduate Program forced her to leave the limu-covered shores of Hawaii, she is very happy to be a part of the program and to finally "officially" learn a thing or two about journalism. Because she has a roaming mind, there is no category of news that she prefers writing over another, unless, of course, you'd consider quirky, off-beat, slightly bizarre stories on odd-ball topics or characters a category. In other words, if it's a weird story, you bet your a@$ Jessie will cover it.
This Weekend in Oakland
Looking for something fun to do? Community events and activities for the weekend of May 17-19, 2013.
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