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New York Women Eager to Stop Restricted Abortion Laws Say They Impact Minorities

New York Women Eager to Stop Restricted Abortion Laws Say They Impact Minorities

In mid-May 2019, New York women protested restrictive abortion laws, saying they would mostly affect black and Latina women. I was able to cover the event with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a 16-day-long institute with reporters and editors from The New York Times.


Pop-Up Zine Northwestern

Pop-Up Zine Northwestern

Pop-Up Zine Northwestern was a hyperlocal, DIY offshoot of Pop-Up Magazinethe nationally touring live magazine from the California Sunday Magazine  team. I was a Story Producer for this inaugural Pop-Up Zine. Its program read: “For everyone who ever wanted to be cool, dreamed of the big leagues, reminisced on the past, stood up for their beliefs, focused on the little things, or cried on Sheridan Road: This is for you.“

Life after the email

Life after the email

After the fourth suicide at my university in one year, I began to wonder: what happens in the aftermath? How do the friends & loved ones of the deceased grieve and heal in such a high-pressure environment? I wrote about it here.

"Beyond the block: A community organization in West Englewood plays for peace on new basketball court"

"Beyond the block: A community organization in West Englewood plays for peace on new basketball court"

This first real foray into video production led to cultivating a connection with the Peace House, a community hub within West Englewood – the third most violent community in Chicago. The story explores the relationship between two men, and how it laid the foundation for the Healing Justice Court.

"When Walls Talk" series

"When Walls Talk" series

When walls talk on the historically underserved South and West sides of Chicago, they tell nuanced narratives ranging from the exploration of identity to education of the incarcerated. I chose murals as a series subject to snag the attention of Voice It’s younger, more aesthetically-inclined audience.

"A historical vote across Mexican borders"

"A historical vote across Mexican borders"

My first English piece for Hoy, the Spanish edition of the Chicago Tribune, addressed the “billennial” (bilingual + millennial) audience of Voice It, a news site about multiculturalism & intersectionality. 2018 was the first election in which Mexico allowed citizens living abroad to register to vote without returning to their country, and it was decided largely by young voices.

"Reading from a different page: dyslexia in the college transition"

"Reading from a different page: dyslexia in the college transition"

Originally in North by Northwestern, eventually this piece was published in DiversityComm's DIVERSEability magazine. My personal experience with learning disabilities led me to examine their impact within higher education.

"‘Worth of this place’: When music and gentrification collide in Wicker Park"

"‘Worth of this place’: When music and gentrification collide in Wicker Park"

Online arts and culture publication Scene + Heard published this story in May, after I worked with a team to grasp the gentrification phenomenon behind the closing of Wicker Park's beloved Double Door music venue. 

"Havana's package has arrived: el paquete semanal"

"Havana's package has arrived: el paquete semanal"

A week in Havana, Cuba last summer was a week well spent researching this clandestine flashdrive distributed manually throughout the country. Each week, the device full of foreign movies, TV series and music is sold to Cubans with no other access to this programming. Published here by Rooster Global News Network.

"A 'young' religion surges in a Cuban colonial town: Santería in Trinidad"

"A 'young' religion surges in a Cuban colonial town: Santería in Trinidad"

Two hundred miles south, I spent a week in Trinidad, Cuba exploring the rich history of Santería, Cuba's Afro-American fusion religion. The faith knits together what one local estimated as 90 percent of the town, and I took great care to treat it with respect in this piece.

Diwigdi Valiente: Climate warrior

Diwigdi Valiente: Climate warrior

The following school year, I kept chasing stories around the globe – and they kept drawing me back to the Caribbean region. In the winter, I would follow my own family’s story to Colombia. Come spring, I spent a week reporting in the Guna Yala islands & the Kalu Yala eco-city of Panama.