Just a 4’11 Chicana storyteller interested in bringing diverse voices to the forefront of news and cinema. I’m an award-winning multimedia journalist, currently based in Tucson, AZ, with a passion for storytelling — both visual and written. I’ve been published in both print and digital formats and covered a variety of topics such as immigration, food, festivals, women’s rights, sports and more. I recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in May 2018 with my B.A. in Journalism.
In 2018, I was named a Chips Quinn Scholar and interned for The Mercury News/Bay Area News Group in San Jose, CA. At the Mercury News, I worked as a photographer and videographer where I shot and produced content for the print and digital publication on a daily basis. Previously, I was an intern for the Arizona Daily Star as a features apprentice where I wrote articles for the weekly Caliente and Home and Life sections. In Fall 2017, I worked at Arizona Athletics as a photography intern where I was first introduced to sports photography. Since then, I have covered the San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants and the 49ers.
My first documentary as a student journalist, Shelter Me, placed 11th in the nation in the Hearst Multimedia News Competition. In addition, I was awarded the “Excellence in Multimedia Journalism” award from the University of Arizona School of Journalism.
I worked at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind after graduation where I learned to collaborate and communicate with a variety of visually impaired and hearing impaired individuals. I even relearned American Sign Language. Someday, I hope to share the diverse voices of these historically underrepresented groups whose rich stories rarely reach mainstream news and cinema.
I’ve always been a storyteller. I used to scribble short stories and character doodles on wide-ruled notebook paper before I tried to ride a bike (not-so-fun fact: I still can’t). My first love was writing and acting. Then in college I found a passion behind the camera. I’m inspired most by trailblazers like Ava DuVernay, Alfonso Cuarón, Sam Levinson, Peter Jackson and George Lucas. When I’m not freelancing or writing fiction, I’m binge-watching every show, documentary and movie series I can get my hands on.