Linsay Rousseau Burnett is a former freelance journalist and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is currently working as an actor, voice-over artist and singer, as well as a California Certified Substitute Teacher and paraprofessional at Nea Community Learning Center and Alameda Community Learning Center.
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While at graduate school, Linsay was the graduate assistant for the Investigative Reporting Program, overseen by Lowell Bergman, and has worked as a production associate and associate producer for PBS Frontline.
She was one of four Carnegie Fellows chosen to work with the Brian Ross Investigative Reporting Unit at ABC News Headquarters in New York for the summer of 2009. Following a three month investigation, their story about child labor in American agriculture was broadcast on the show Nightline on 30 October 2009. Shorter versions aired on Good Morning America and World News with Charles Gibson and a followup story aired on Democracy Now!
Her masters thesis, “Rape in the Field,” went on to be produced by PBS Frontline, the Center for Investigative Reporting and Univision. The documentary has won the Alfred I. duPont-Colombia Award, John F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Public Radio News Directors Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.
Prior to attending Berkeley, she served as a public affairs sergeant for the U.S. Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), working as a journalist, photographer and videographer. She spent a year in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk documenting and reporting on combat and humanitarian operations.
While in the Army, Linsay co-founded the Appeal for Redress, which worked to educate service members on their rights and called for an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq. The Appeal was the recipient of the 2007 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, presented by the Institute for Policy Studies. She was formerly on the board of the San Francisco-based veterans’ support organization Swords to Plowshares.
Prior to the Army, she was the chief fundraiser for the Ralph Nader 2004 Presidential Exploratory Committee. She worked as a field organizing intern for Amnesty International and served on Amnesty’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Committee. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in sociology and minor in anthropology and was elected Student Assembly President her senior year.
She has a diverse journalistic tool-set focusing on investigative reporting, long form, feature and narrative writing, radio, photography, column writing, editing, multimedia, and documentary.
Her subject areas of interest include, but are not limited to, mental health, veteran and military affairs, women’s issues, international affairs, human and civil rights, immigration, music and the arts, politics, wage and poverty, law enforcement, environment and agriculture.