Keegan Brooks

Student, writer, researcher, technologist, and journalist

I’m a college student with a passion for learning new things and having a positive impact on the world.

I’m currently at the University of Georgia, where I’m majoring in anthropology and political science — alongside studies in archaeology, journalism, technology, and the environment. I’ve previously worked for organizations including the UGA Environmental Safety Division and PBS NewsHour.

On the archaeology side of things, I am pursuing a certificate in archaeological sciences at UGA and am president of the Student Association for the Archaeological Sciences. I’ve worked on excavations at Brown’s Mount, Sylvia’s Slough, and the William Harris Homestead, along with working on undergraduate research projects.

On the journalism side of things, I’ve written for publications including The Blue & Gold and PBS NewsHour. My photojournalism has been featured on ABC News and WSB-TV, among others.

I’m an alum of the Global Press Freedom Advocacy Institute (co-led by PEN America and the Student Press Law Center) and went on to attend the 2023 World Press Freedom Day conference at the United Nations with PEN America. While in high school, I also spent three years as a writer/historian/editor for my school newspaper, along with a successful freedom of speech lawsuit against my school district and breaking a story about severe data security issues in the district.

I have a passion for sustainability and the environment — being an active member of SustainAthens and pursuing a sustainability certificate at UGA.

I’m a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Society for Georgia Archaeology.

What other people have said about my work:

“This is how you hold power to account when it’s failing”

Reed Richardson, managing editor at the Global Investigative Journalism Network

“The next generation with some scoop”

Scott Trubey, editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“This is award worthy, pro-level, watchdog reporting”

Emily Bloch, reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Some pretty fine sleuthing”

Dave Levinthal, editor-in-chief of Raw Story