Recent Work

After a long night producing Morning Edition for KCRW

May 07, 2020

When Fedelina Lugasan moved to the U.S. from the Philippines for work, she was comforted by the fact that she’d start her new life with a family she trusted. But her life and job were not what they told her it would be. This is the story of how she took her freedom into her own hands.

Audio documentary produced for KCRW's UnFictional.

May 05, 2020

​Did you know a 5,000-year-old mummy found in the Swiss Alps is one of the first people we know had tattoos?


Reported for American Public Media's kids podcast Brains On!

(Starting at 23:45 marker)

Apr 24, 2020

Feature about day laborers in Pasadena, California, who are struggling with a dried-up job market, and how their local jobs center is pivoting to supplying food for families in need.

Reported for Marketplace Morning Report.


Mar 27, 2020

First blog post describing Fellowship Project for USC's Center for Health Journalism: 


How activists and others who serve the Latinx immigrant community in Los Angeles protect their mental health while doing their jobs.

Selected to be a 2020 California Fellow, audio documentary project airing in July 2020 on Making Contact radio.

Mar 03, 2020

Did you know the weather forecast was invented by the man who sailed Charles Darwin's ship to the Galagos?


Reported for American Public Media's kids podcast Brains On!

(Starting at 9:00 marker)

Jan 26, 2020

Catholic Church helps immigrant families get useful paperwork

Feature about Catholic Churches along the border organizing passport workshops for immigrant families with U.S. citizen children.


Reported for Marketplace Morning Report (not aired)

Oct 15, 2019

A Trump Administration policy change that was supposed to take effect October 15th would deny permanent legal residence to low-income immigrants who use government services. A federal judge blocked it from going into effect, but California health care clinics say their immigrant patients are still afraid of seeking services, and that chilling effect is a concern for public health.

(starts at 6:00 in episode audio)

Reported for KQED's The California Report.

Oct 10, 2019

Members of the Pilipino Workers Center in LA, that organizes domestic workers, travel on a bus to the Central Valley, where they learn about the Filipino farmworkers who started the Delano Grape Strike of 1965.

Reported for Greater LA on KCRW.

Jul 30, 2019

What's it like for day laborers with the ramped-up immigration crackdown under President Trump? They're feeling a lot of anxiety, but the threat of deportation is nothing new for this group of workers. So it's not stopping a lot of them from going out to look for work.

Reported for Greater LA on KCRW.

May 16, 2019

The rock band Fanny ruled the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, and they were supposed to be the next big thing. They explain the price women pay for being ahead of their time.


Producer of Episode 4 of KCRW's music documentary podcast Lost Notes.

May 15, 2019

Six Catholic dioceses, including LA, Orange, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento, have formed a compensation fund for victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

For KQED's The California Report.

May 02, 2019

Poet and author Hanif Abdurraqib's letter to Cat Power about how her album The Greatest worked its way into his life.

Co-producer of episode 2 of KCRW's music documentary podcast Lost Notes.

Nov 15, 2018

The history of cameras explained - for kids! For the "Forever Ago" series from kids podcast Brains on! from American Public Media

Oct 18, 2018

Sep 21, 2018

Governor Brown signed a bill earlier this week decriminalizing street vending in California. The bill stems from a long-running campaign here in Los Angeles.

For KQED's The California Report.

Sep 19, 2018

Governor Brown just signed a bill decriminalizing street vending in California, an effort stemming from decades of activism in Los Angeles.

For L.A. Taco

Aug 20, 2018

A coalition of immigrant rights groups has launched a 12-week trip across 50 cities to advocate against the end of TPS, or temporary protected status. A report from the steps of LA City Hall.

For KQED's California Report.

Jul 10, 2018

Article published in L.A. Taco about the San Fernando Valley homeless community.

Jun 22, 2018

Three people open up about asking — or not — for accommodations on the job.

Produced for Marketplace Weekend's special episode: The Economics of Disability

May 11, 2018

The billion-dollar romance novel industry struggles to make diversity

a priority, despite there being a large demand AND supply

for books written by women of color.

Reported and produced for Marketplace Weekend.

Apr 10, 2018

El Gabfest en Español discusses how an anti-establishment mood

—and a certain U.S. president—

are benefiting a veteran leftist candidate in Mexico’s election.

Translated and transcribed for

Mar 08, 2018

A secret road leads to a marooned community

and an ocean paradise along the coast of California.

Reported and produced with Carla Green for KCRW's Unfictional.

Mar 01, 2018

New survey finds three-quarters of employees don’t earn enough for basic expenses, while one in 10 have experienced homelessness.

Reported for The Guardian.

Dec 25, 2017

2017 was full of natural disasters. They didn’t seem to let up — fires in California, floods in Texas, hurricane after hurricane in the Caribbean and on the Gulf Coast. The media moved on quickly, but recovery efforts are long from over. We talked to local officials in five American cities and territories about their hopes and objectives in the coming year.

Produced series of 5 pieces covering natural disaster recovery in Santa Rosa, California; Houston, Texas; Naples, Florida; The U.S. Virgin Islands; San German, Puerto Rico. For Marketplace Morning Report.

Aug 25, 2017

Millennials are more likely than any other generation to visit the public library, says a new Pew Research Center poll. And libraries are starting to take note.

Reported and produced for Marketplace Weekend.

Aug 18, 2017

Two businesses - one on the border with Mexico

and the other on the border with Canada —

are watching what happens with NAFTA.

Produced for Marketplace Weekend.

Aug 15, 2017

The Port of San Diego is renovating Seaport Village.

A beloved spot widely accessible by the public.

What are locals feeling about it?

And what does this mean for how we think of public space?

Reported for KCRW's Design and Architecture.

Jul 17, 2017

Homelessness at the Happiest Place on Earth, for "Outside in America : On the frontline of the homelessness crisis in the western US" series.


Reported for The Guardian.

Jun 30, 2017

Two workers on or near the minimum wage tell what it's like to try to live and support a family: one in Louisiana, another in California.

Produced for Marketplace Weekend.

Jun 23, 2017

The pitfalls of relying on social media to fill the gaps in our health care system.

Produced for Marketplace Weekend with Lizzie O'Leary.

Jun 23, 2017

A former underground coal miner from Eastern Kentucky talks about what that job was like and why it won't be coming back soon.

Produced for Marketplace Weekend.

Apr 26, 2017

Day laborers in Pasadena, California, band together at their Workers Center to fight wage theft, the most common form of abuse by employers of this vulnerable working class.

Reported for Making Contact, Social Justice Radio.

Finalist for the Ruben Salazar Award from the California Chicano National Media Association

Apr 01, 2017

Marketplace looks into what jobs are protected from automation, and why.


Assisted in production of podcast and radio audio.

Nominated for a 2018 Gerald Loeb Award.

For Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio.

Dec 28, 2016

A look at how immigrants in Los Angeles are preparing for a Trump anti-immigrant crackdown, a month after he is elected.

Reported for FSRN, Free Speech Radio News.

Dec 23, 2016

Damon Stathatos runs his father's floral business in Pasadena, California. Stat's is now most famous for its intense Christmas season.

Produced for KCRW's Sounds LA series / KCRW Independent Producer Project.

Oct 26, 2016

Non-citizens were allowed to vote when our country was being created. Now immigrant parents in San Francisco are seeking to be enfranchised to represent their children's interests in the School Board.

Reported for Making Contact, Social Justice Radio.

Mar 01, 2016

Volunteer reporting for KPFA (Bay Area) and KPFK (Los Angeles) - Pacifica Radio's evening news program, March 2016 - present.

Topics: Immigration, Politics, Local Government, Protests, Gentrification, Voting, Transgender Rights

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