Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive

Dear KCSB listeners and Daily Nexus readers, 

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Santa Barbara and Isla Vista community members have had to adjust almost all aspects of their lives to help mitigate the spread of the virus. 

As Isla Vista slowly re-opens, KCSB and the Daily Nexus have decided to work together to document the ways in which our community has changed over the past 18 months. Beginning August 2, we will be releasing a new series, “Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive.” 

This collaborative, multimedia series is made up of six components which will be released over the span of six weeks beginning August 2: Human Struggle, University & Students, Testing & Vaccines, Local Businesses & Essential Workers, Community Reflection and Community Activism. 

Each component will feature community experts and leaders such as the Isla Vista Community Services District President and Director Spencer Brandt and Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso. 

Each component will be presented as a Daily Nexus article, KCSB radio segment and KCSB newsletter. These various components will be published every Monday throughout the six-week series. 

In addition to presenting content in three different formats, KCSB and the Daily Nexus will be featuring several multimedia elements including art, graphics, data, photography and video. 

In addition, the Hot off the Pod Daily Nexus podcast team will be producing three episodes where the segment creators discuss what went into and what they learned while creating their segment.

This page will be updated with each new segment upon its release date. You can also see our work featured in the Santa Barbara Independent. We hope you will join us in reading and listening to “Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive.” 

– KCSB and Daily Nexus journalists

Unmasking Isla Vista: Human Struggle

Unmasking Isla Vista: University & Students

Unmasking Isla Vista: Testing & Vaccines

Unmasking Isla Vista: Local Businesses & Essential Workers

  • Local Businesses & Essential Workers article
  • Local Businesses & Essential Workers podcast episode
  • Local Businesses & Essential Workers newsletter 

Unmasking Isla Vista: Community Reflection

Unmasking Isla Vista: Community Activism

Hot off the Pod Episodes

  • Episode 1: HOTP Dives into the Unmasking IV Collaboration Pt. 1

Thanks to the following people for contributing to “Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive.” 

Daily Nexus Journalists: Sindhu Ananthavel, Atmika Iyer, Holly Rusch, Asumi Shuda and Katherine Swartz

KCSB Journalists: Alexandra Goldberg, Daniel Huecias, Pia Ramos, Ashley Rusch, Yulene Teagle and Jennifer Yoshikoshi

Daily Nexus Videographers: Evan Cacatian and Juliana Zappitell

Daily Nexus Artists and Graphic Creators: Hannah Appel, Noelle Chan, Luca Disbrow, Emerson Domingo, Natalie Fiorindo, Daniella Gomez, Alex Rudolph and Kelly Yan

KCSB Artists: Madeline Miller and Shirley Wang

Daily Nexus Photographers: Pia Ramos and Kaiyi Yang

Daily Nexus Hot off the Pod Team: Sydney Haupt, Emily Kocis, Toni Shindler-Ruberg and Melanie Ziment