I'm a community reporter at Kansas City PBS, where I report and produce stories centered on community voices in the Kansas City metro. Much of my work focuses on social justice, mental health, identity and culture.
Although I am now based in the Kansas City area, I was raised in the border town of El Paso, Texas. There I learned the value of grit, the power of culture and beauty of hospitality. I am a proud Latina, raised in a Puerto Rican household where my grandfather played Rafael Hernandez and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. On the weekends, we'd go to flea markets and pachangas where vendors would blast Los Angeles Azules and Fito Olivarez.
My hobbies include photography, interior design, collage art, curating playlists and cooking Puerto Rican food – especially arañitas, tembleque and mantecaditos.
Another passion of mine is to serve as a resource to college and early-career journalists, primarily for journalists of color and women. Find me in the free journalism mentorship program led by Adriana Lacy, Media Mentors, and book a free session. I am a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a proud public media journalist.