Perrierberet at Occupy Wall Street

An experiment in rural journalism

About Perrierberet: Information on the reporter and style

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Perrierberet is the work of freelance journalist Zach E.J. Williams who is currently covering Occupy Wall Street from New York City. Recently escaped from the Trinity Alps Wilderness  in Northern California where he most recently worked with the U.S. Forest Service learning the art of slinging mule trains and working trails, he is no stranger to random pursuits. In prior years, he travelled throughout Mainland China often trying to pass himself off as a member of the Russian minority during his two-year journey through Xi’an, Yantai, Beijing, Shanghai and Auckland, NZ. More recently he was a news editor at The Daily Californian in Berkeley, Calif.

His current project blogging Occupy Wall Street will combine accurate reporting with analysis garnered from the ground. The blog is a work in progress, and will evolve over time. Questions, comments and any content you may wish to offer for the blog can be sent to

Why “this reporter” not “I”? What is all of this use of the third-person all about?

The old cliche follows that imitation is the highest form of flattery. The late William Shire has long been an inspiration to this reporter. Simply put, he used the third-person in lieu of the first.

What the hell does Perrierberet mean?

Back in highschool days, long, long ago, Zach conducted a bit of guerilla journalism using perrierberet as an alias. A fan of the movie Good Will Hunting, he remembered that Prof. Lambeaux asks for a perrier in the movie. Combined with Zach’s love of berets, a non-sensical nom de plume was born.


Written by Zach E.J. Williams

July 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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  1. Enjoyed your on the scene report.
    My wife and I would like to become active in occupy weaverville. Any suggestions or people to contact?


    October 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

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