Bobby Brier

NJ Spotlight News

Reporter Profile

Bobby Brier covers mental health issues, especially issues affecting rural New Jerseyans, for NJ Spotlight News, a nonprofit news organization. Previously, Brier reported for New Mexico In Depth, covering the housing crisis across New Mexico and tracking bills in the state Legislature aimed at addressing the problem. His stories on the economic impact of a new professional soccer stadium in Albuquerque, and the financial contributions of land developers to political action committees in the lead- up to the city’s mayoral election earned an award for political news coverage from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hailing from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Brier has reported on arts and culture for The Scranton Times-Tribune. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.

Beat: Mental health issues especially affecting rural New Jerseyans

This beat focuses on mental health issues in New Jersey, from both an individual and systemic point of view. Shining light on addiction, depression and suicide, among other issues, the multimedia reporter also covers the rural population, including opioid addiction.