Cara Nixon

Reporter and Graduate Journalism Student

United States

Cara Nixon is a reporter and graduate journalism student currently living in Berkeley, Calif. She recently graduated in June 2022 with an honors bachelor's degree in political science and applied journalism from Oregon State University and has over three years of print journalism experience. She now attends University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and writes for Richmond Confidential, covering the education beat.

Prior to coming to California, Nixon worked in both reporter and editor positions at local Corvallis, Ore. newspapers, The Corvallis Advocate and The Daily Barometer. At those publications, she produced hundreds of stories ranging in topic from homelessness and a scandal involving OSU's president to community events and arts and entertainment. While at OSU, she also participated in a photojournalism internship with Chris Johns, former editor-in-chief of National Geographic—an experience which birthed a year-long documentary project about a local homeless man and his daughter (to be available for viewing in the next few months).

Nixon's main journalistic passion is giving voice to low-income communities, and in the future, she would like to focus her reporting on issues affecting those communities. She is expected to graduate from Berkeley Journalism in May 2024.

Portfolio
Richmond Confidential
11/03/2022
Teacher shortage threatens to crumble popular dual-language schools that WCCUSD built over years

Fourth grade dual-language immersion teacher Wendy Gonzalez has been fighting for bilingual education since 1998, often feeling that the school district treated it as more of an afterthought. A teacher shortage in the West Contra Costa Unified School District has exacerbated the problem, she said, leaving dual-language immersion in a precarious place.

The Daily Barometer
01/04/2021
Statement from OSU president sparks concerns about campus sexual misconduct, resources

An email sent to Oregon State University students and staff by President F. King Alexander in November has raised questions and concerns from the local community about sexual assault and how it's being handled-or not being handled - at the university. The email came after a USA Today article revealed that Louisiana State University had mishandled...

The Daily Barometer
08/14/2021
Texas district court DACA decision 'alarming' and 'devastating' for OSU DREAMers

A Texas federal judge recently declared Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals unlawful-a decision that will negatively affect Oregon State University DREAMers, according to OSU experts. According to Pennsylvania State University Law's Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, DACA was first announced by former United States President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012.

The Daily Barometer
06/19/2021
Juneteenth 'is American history,' and work should 'not stop at symbolic victories'

Oregon State University recognized Juneteenth as a university holiday for the first time this year, and though this is a milestone, Black community members highlight that there is much more work to be done. The holiday, which celebrates the true date of when enslaved Black people were freed on June 19, 1865, is also beginning...

The Daily Barometer
05/10/2021
Student artist Noughtie Dee seeks to revolutionize rap in male-dominated genre

"I cannot rap." That's what Destiny Franklin told their music literature partner in their junior year of high school at Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Ill. Franklin and their classmate were supposed to create their own beat and lyrics, record it and play the finished song for the class as a final project.

The Daily Barometer
12/06/2020
Tenure-track process more difficult for caregivers and parents, OSU faculty report

In the United States, women are less likely than men to achieve tenure. In 2018, women in the U.S. held 49.7% of all tenure-track positions (assistant professor, associate professor) but only held 39.3% of tenured positions (full professor). Breaking that down further, women in academia represented 52.9% of assistant professors and 46.4% of associate...