Blanca Torres is a producer for Forum, KQED’s daily news and public affairs show, and a reporter for KQED News focusing on social justice and enterprise stories. She joined KQED in 2020 after 16 years as newspaper reporter, most recently at the San Francisco Business Times, where she covered real estate and economic development. She also worked for the Contra Costa Times, Baltimore Sun and The Seattle Times. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Torres earned her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's in fine arts in creative writing from Mills College. She was a Center for Health Journalism 2022 California Fellow. Her reporting project examined mental health services for kids in California and ways they could be improved.