1998 - Matthias Gafni

Matthew Gafni
UC Davis alumnus Matthias Gafni and fellow East Bay Times reporters Thomas Peele, Harry Harris, Erin Baldassari and David Debolt react as they learn of their Pulitzer Prize win for breaking news at their office in downtown Oakland, California, on Monday, April 10, 2017. The staff of the East Bay Times won journalism's highest honor for their coverage of the tragic Ghost Ship warehouse fire which killed 36 people in December 2016. (Jane Tyska/East Bay Times)

Investigative reporter Matthias Gafni (B.A, English/rhetoric and communication, ’98), who got his journalism start at The California Aggie, was a lead writer in a series of articles on the Ghost Ship fire that won the East Bay Times the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Gafni is one of two UC Davis alumni on the East Bay Times staff. Angela Ruggiero (B.A., communication/Italian, ’10), has contributed to the paper’s continuing Ghost Ship coverage.