I'm a journalist and audio producer in Los Angeles, California.

I report stories from the immigrant community in California,

and am passionate about representing the experiences of

my family, friends, and neighbors in all their complexity.

I often talk to people who work on immigrant rights issues and who advocate for labor rights. I am currently focused on the lives of domestic workers, and interested in how this labor sector reflects how society thinks about race, gender, and class. I like to think about the potentials of multi-lingual media. (I speak Spanish, French, and English fluently.)

I am currently working on a radio documentary for Making Contact as the recipient of a USC Center for Health Journalism Fellowship. It focuses on the ways activists and others who serve the Latinx immigrant community in L.A. cope with stress and handle their mental health while doing their jobs.

My latest published piece is about a Filipina domestic worker who found herself a modern-day slave in America, and how she took her freedom into her own hands.

~ See my Work page for links! ~


I also edit podcasts and report the news for public radio. I have worked on a handful of projects that experimented with bilingual Spanish/English content, including a politics podcast for Slate and Univision, and a culture podcast for KCRW. I was the associate producer for the award-winning season 2 of KCRW's music documentary show Lost Notes


The California Chicano News Media Association chose me to be a finalist for the Ruben Salazar Excellence in Journalism award in 2017 for a piece about day laborers organizing against wage theft. I was also part of the Marketplace team that won a 2018 Gerald Loeb award in business journalism for looking into how A.I. will take all our jobs!

My first experience in journalism was at Eur@dionantes, an EU-funded, local radio station in Nantes, France, where I produced, hosted, reported, and got that insatiable appetite for radio - in French!

You can write to me at pvelasco12@gmail.com or via Twitter.

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