TEXAS MONTHLY — writer-at-large
Cover news and culture stories throughout the state of Texas, with particular focus on the state’s Latino community. Manage the State of Texas daily newsletter, which goes out to more than 64,000 subscribers.
THE RIVARD REPORT — freelance writer
Report on news and culture stories throughout the city of San Antonio, especially its West Side community. Occasionally provide accompanying photos for articles.
REMEZCLA — freelance writer
Pitch and accept regular assignments for news and culture features related to the Latino community on topics including the LGBT community, mental health, and music and film.
THE WASHINGTON POST — freelance writer
Accept regional assignments and pitch stories through the freelance network for the news department in addition to The Washington Post’s women’s-issue publication The Lily.
THE TEXAS TRIBUNE — investigative fellow
One of two UT Austin undergraduate students selected each semester to complete this fellowship. Reported on investigative and breaking news stories with a focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
THE TEXAS OBSERVER — editorial intern
Reported on news and cultural events in Texas, proofread and fact-checked articles, provided live coverage of local events.
THE NEW YORK TIMES — freelance writer
Contributed reporting from Sutherland Springs following the mass shooting, researched and reported on an interactive longform piece on the identification of migrants who die crossing the Texas/Mexico border, and reported from Austin when news broke of a stabbing attack on UT's campus.
THE KNIGHT CENTER FOR JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS — writer
Provided coverage for the annual International Symposium on Online Journalism by writing features and recaps on panelists and events.
UT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS — founder, president
Founded the first official student chapter of NAHJ at UT. Created semester projects where members worked with local professionals to gain experience freelancing. Reached out to other Hispanic/Latino organizations on campus to raise more than $1200 for Puerto Rico relief.
RIO OLYMPICS — writer
Was one of four UT students selected to report on the Rio Olympics. Reported on a variety of sports for seven different outlets across the country, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the San Antonio Express-News. Also volunteered for the Rio2016 English site as a live blog editor and photo editor, providing live coverage and short posts when on assignment.
THE DAILY TEXAN — managing editor, Life&Arts editor, writer
Managed a staff of 11 departments to create daily online content and a weekly paper by deadline as managing editor. Edited stories, published content and organized a print and online package of 30 articles for the 50th anniversary of the UT tower shooting.
University of Texas at Austin — May 2018
Bachelor of Journalism
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Latino Media Studies Certificate
Outstanding Journalism Graduate
SKILLS & AWARDS
Native Spanish speaker
Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere
2018 - Third Place Hearst Feature Writing winner
2017 - Sarah and Ernest Butler Headliners Scholarship
Hart Outcome Award
2016 - Third Place Hearst Multimedia Features winner
Julia Jeffress Award for Excellence in Journalism
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