Clay Duda is a multimedia journalist based in Redding, California.
Originally from Atlanta, he now covers Shasta County government and breaking news for the Redding Record Searchlight, Northern California’s most widely read daily publication in print and online. Since joining the team in 2013 he has gained a reputation for his investigative reporting and innovative use of social media to cover the news.
Clay's enterprising focus has taken him across the country, from covering gang violence on the streets of Brooklyn and unearthing fraud in a major Georgia university, to pinpointing billions of gallons of water loss during one of California's most historic drought years.
His background in reporting, multimedia production and digital strategy has prepared him well for many of the challenges facing modern journalism. His career has often centered on connecting the industry’s past and future, working within newsrooms to integrate traditional tenants of journalism with redefined best practices.
Prior to his work with the RS, Clay served as an associate digital editor for Creative Loafing Atlanta, the city’s alternative weekly newspaper. There he helmed online production and social media strategy for CLATL.com while contributing regularly news, arts and music coverage. One of his digital projects, ‘100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die’ received nation honors from the Association of Food Journalists.
Clay earned a position as a John Jay/Tow Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellow in 2012 through his work covering juvenile justice and other youth-related issues for two publications of the Center for Sustainable Journalism.
In early 2013, Clay co-chaired one of the Southeast’s premiere and longest running social media conference series, SoCon13. Marking its seventh year, SoCon13 convened more than 300 professionals from across journalism, non-profit, and marketing industries. Topics focused on the latest trends in digital media and industry best practices.
Outside of work Clay enjoys seeking out the hidden gems of Northern California and its thrift shops with his wife, Melissa, and dog, Peaches. He's always ready for the next adventure. Follow him on Instagram or reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multimedia Journalist, Redding Record Searchlight