Alyssa is a writer.
She currently works as a watchdog reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bristol Herald Courier. As a freelancer in San Francisco, she wrote for USA Today, Popular Science, SF Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Motherboard, and more.
Notable interviews include former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, New York Times bestseller D. Watkins, and Cave Canem fellow Arisa White.
Alyssa's prose has appeared in Hobart, The East Bay Review, SF Examiner, and 805 Lit, among others. She was chosen as a spring 2016 resident of the Lemon Tree House in Tuscany and was a finalist for the 2017 Bitch Media Fellowship. She has been chosen for several reading series, including Why There Are Words, The Basement Series, Inner Loop Lit, and LitCrawl.
Policing the police (Bristol Herald Courier)
Why Charles S. Johnson was spied on by the FBI—and why you've never heard of him (Bristol Herald Courier)
Local disability lawsuit part of broader battle (Bristol Herald Courier)
Bristol police release report on Cabela's Taser use (Bristol Herald Courier)
NASA needs to harness the genius of crowds (Popular Science)
"Quiet is creative. Silence is death." Alyssa Oursler interviews Arisa White (Los Angeles Review of Books)
People suffering from mental illness are often ignored—until they can't be (Bristol Herald Courier)
Graphic on worldwide displacement (based on UNHCR data)
Visualization of federally approved wiretaps (based on 2016 Wiretap Report)
Map of officer-involved shootings (based on 2017 Police Violence Report)
Interactive map of ADA lawsuits in Virginia (based on court records)
Opinion: Blue staters, we aren't off the hook when it comes to racism (The Bold Italic)
fool's paradise (hobart)
spring / break (rabid oak)
survivors (the colorado independent)
mixed emojis (805 lit)
interlude (the east bay review)
trump as president; woman as object (sf examiner)
the worst kind of validation (sf weekly)
What my compulsion to write actually means (luna luna magazine)
A new writer makes a New Year's resolution (sf examiner)