Andrea Pineda-Salgado is a bilingual journalist based in New York City. She is the community reporter for Epicenter-NYC, a community journalism initiative. At Epicenter-NYC, she’s written stories about vaccine equity and the battle to fund excluded workers and immigrant tenants who were victims of a fire. Andrea is a 2021 graduate of New York University, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Media, Culture and Communications.
Frank López Ballesteros was a reporter at the newspaper El Universal in Caracas from 2007-15. López Ballesteros was part of the team of investigative journalists at Playboy Venezuela. Since 2017, he has been a contributor to Diario Las Américas in Miami, where he conducts investigative reporting on organized crime, corruption, and state politics in Florida.
Anjana Nagarajan-Butaney is a Producer/Founder of DesiCollective Media, where she creates audio, video and written content that impacts the South Asian diaspora. She is also a writer for the magazine India Currents, showcasing the stories of South Asians in the United States while exploring the social and cultural impact of issues like immigration, health, social justice and many more.
Meera Kymal is a Founder/Producer at DesiCollective Media and the Contributing Editor at the magazine India Currents. Meera covers immigration policy, civil rights, the pandemic, climate change, and how racial disparities and health inequities disproportionately affect minorities and POC in a world that is more diverse but less equal.
Tasmiha Khan is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Vox, among other outlets. Currently, Tasmiha covers a wide range of topics related to health, race, politics, culture, and religion. This past year, Khan was named a Fellow for Knight Science Journalism at MIT, a IFYC/RNS Religion Journalism Fellow, a Higher Education Media Fellow at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, and Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellow.
Valeria María Torres-Nieves is a feminist journalist from Yauco, Puerto Rico, who recently graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a double major in journalism and advertising. Currently, she reports about gender, race, politics, and culture at Todas, a feminist media outlet in Puerto Rico that amplifies the voices of women in all aspects of public life.
Ambar Castillo is the daughter of Dominican immigrants. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, she has worked with immigrant communities in the education and health fields from Harlem to Ecuador, Brooklyn to Boston, and Queens to Utah.
Ambar is a recent graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she concentrated in bilingual journalism and health/science reporting with specializations in audio and narrative print media. She has worked alongside two StoryCorps teams to help produce stories of U.S. military veterans and facilitate dialogue between people on different sides of the political spectrum.