Meghan Herbst

Works at Wired in San Francisco, CA

Lives in Pleasant Hill, CA



Master's Candidate, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Graduated 2019

Bachelor of Arts in New Media Journalism

Sierra Nevada College, Graduated 2017

Weather Science Certification

Community College of the Air Force, Graduated 2010





Research Fellow, WIRED Magazine

May 2019 to Present

Work on the research team as a fact checker, verifying accuracy of print and web stories, editing and correcting errors where necessary. Contribute writing online and in print, covering weather, books, culture, tech and sustainability. 

Newsroom Intern & Reporter, The Press Democrat

June 2018 to August 2018

Reported for The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa as a full-time newsroom intern, publishing more than 30 articles, including four front page news stories. Covered the Mendocino Complex and Carr fires in August 2018, the homeless crisis and a number of general assignment and breaking news stories.

Political Reporter, Richmond Confidential
August 2017 to December 2017
Report and produce weekly news stories on local politics, policy, and government. Production methods include video, audio, photos, maps, data visualization, and graphics.

Associate Editor, Moonshine Ink
May 2017 to August 2017
Managed sports/news desks at award-winning independent newspaper Moonshine Ink. Duties included coordinating with columnists, content and copyediting, writing/reporting, coordinating and compiling weekly email newsletter.

Managing Editor, Eagle’s Eye
May 2015 to May 2016
Managed, produced, and designed a 12-page bi-monthly newspaper with a staff of eight, and circulation of 4,000 in the Lake Tahoe area.

Other Experience

Contributor, Tahoe Quarterly, 2015 - 2017; Intern, Elevate Tahoe, a solutions-based journalism initiative, 2015 - 2017; Bartender/Waitress, Inn at Kelly’s Ford, 2014; Weather Forecaster, U.S. Air Force, 2009 – 2013; Flight Attendant, Mesa Airlines, 2008; Intern, The Free Lance Star, 2006 - 2007




Journalism: Writing, beat reporting, breaking news reporting, investigative

journalism, managing columnists/contributors, content editing, copyediting, compiling email newsletters, InDesign, Photoshop, newspaper layout/design, advertising sales, video storyboarding, video interview, event planning, literary magazine editing, social media implementation for media outlet.

Fact Checking: Media law and customs, data verification, public records requests, interviewing, navigate court documents and transcripts, vital records, publishing corrections, coordinating with writers/editors, document combing.

Scientific Literacy: Background as an Air Force weather forecaster, education in fluid dynamics, physics, higher math; high familiarity with scientific jargon, composition of scientific studies; familiarity with scientific career field and demands; science reporting and fact-checking.