Amanda Beck is a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion is telling stories of human trauma and inspiration, and she frequently calls upon her previous work in medicine and human rights to aid in this writing. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications.
Amanda has particular expertise in California’s gay marriage story and specifically in Perry v. Brown, the federal lawsuit challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage. In 2010, Amanda was one of only a handful of spectators who witnessed the historic trial in person. She and her writing partner posted analyses online at Prop 8 on Trial, and by the end of the proceedings, more than 4,000 readers were visiting their website daily.
Amanda also recently collaborated on The Judge and the General, a documentary that follows attorneys and journalists as they bring human rights charges against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. One of Amanda’s primary roles was to assist in drafting this film’s innovative screenplay. The 86-minute documentary has since won numerous honors including the 2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism, and the 2009 Silver Butterfly Award presented by Amnesty International.
In her off time, Amanda is an aspirational yogi and an insatiable traveler. She has backpacked through much of Europe and parts of Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa. Amanda speaks advanced Spanish and is a graduate of Harvard College, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and the UC Berkeley School of Law.