Keegan Brooks

Writer, researcher, journalist, and student of archaeology

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 currently volunteer at the UGA Laboratory of Archaeology and the National Archives and Records Administration. I have previously worked for organizations including PBS NewsHour and the UGA Environmental Safety Division, along with volunteer work at The Campus Kitchen, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and the Atlanta Urban Debate League.

On the archaeology side of things, I am also president of the Student Association for the Archaeological Sciences and am pursuing a certificate in archaeological sciences at UGA. I’ve worked on multiple archaeological excavations in the southeastern United States, including an early 1800s plantation and pre-contact indigenous sites (in collaboration with the Muscogee Nation).

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.

I have a passion for sustainability and the environment — being an active member of SustainAthens and also 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