Jasmin Mara López
Jasmin López is an independent audio producer, reporter and sound artist working throughout the United States, México, and Central America. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S./México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for social change, immigrant rights and youth empowerment.
In 2007, Jasmin founded Project Luz, a project that empowers youth to share stories within their communities utilizing audio and photojournalism techniques. The following year, she moved to México where she worked with several disadvantaged communities in the region by collaborating with journalists and researched for published documentary projects, including coverage of communities and families affected by the H1N1 Influenza and those affected by the disappearance of the Colorado River. Her collaborative audio work surrounding the Colorado River was shared at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, LookBetween Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville and Exposure Gallery in San Francisco.
Jasmin is the proud recipient of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) New Voices Scholarship, Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) Ethnic Media Fellowship, the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Fellowship, and the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) "Translating Science/Telling Stories" Fellowship.
Clients and collaborations have included Beacon Media News, Brian L. Frank Photography, California Health Report, El Tecolote Newspaper, Folger Shakespeare Library, KPCC, KPFA/Cronicas de la Raza, KQED, Latitude News, Marketplace, Monocle Radio, Newsdesk.org, New Village Charter School, and NPR's Latino USA.
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