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Pedro Rojas is the former executive editor of La Opinión, the largest-circulation Spanish-language newspaper in the United States. He has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper business, the last ten in management positions. He worked for 27 years for El Nuevo Día in Puerto Rico, six of them as the managing editor. A native of the Dominican Republic, Mr. Rojas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
Michelle Levander is founding director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org, both based at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. A veteran editor and reporter, she has reported in Asia, Latin America, and the United States. Her work has received awards from the Overseas Press Club of America, the Inter American Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. An Inter American Press Association Fellow in Mexico, she also holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Antonio Mejias- Rentas is a Boyle Heights resident and Los Angeles-based journalist whose work has been published in a number of publications including Variety Magazine, Billboard and AARP. He is a former editor at La Opinion in Los Angeles and serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Los Angeles chapter. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Kris Rivera has ten years working in the journalism field; including radio and television news, public relations, online writing and editing. She received her master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Martha Ramirez is a Los Angeles-based journalist. Before coming to Boyle Heights Beat, she was a staff writer for the Orange County Register and OCExcélsior, the newspaper’s Spanish language edition. She is a former California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow at USC and a former Chips Quinn Scholar, which offers scholarships for journalism students of color.