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Carin Dorghalli is a first-generation daughter of immigrants. She began her career as a photojournalist at her hometown newspaper, the Chico Enterprise-Record.


At 24 years old, she became a Pulitzer finalist along with her colleagues for their coverage of the 2018 Camp Fire. At 26 years old, she won two California News Publishers Association awards for her coverage of the 2020 Bear Fire, which burned her father’s business to the ground. The experience taught her to be a more sensitive and compassionate storyteller.


She is now a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Film and Television Production at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She plans to pursue documentary filmmaking upon graduation.

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