Produced for NPR’s Latino USA. About the story: There’s a well-known polka song (to Peruvians, anyways) titled “Perú Campeón” that was written back in 1969. The goal for the song was to motivate the Peruvian national soccer team —the Blanquirroja— to qualify for the 1970 World Cup. Those days were the glory days for Peruvian soccer—participating in World Cups and winning a Copa América title. Now, it’s a completely different story. The Peruvian team hasn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1982, but fans remain hopeful, thanks to the hope that was immortalized in “Perú Campeón.”
Produced for NPR’s Latino USA. About the story: The United States-Mexico soccer rivalry is a “young” rivalry. Even though the two countries first faced off in 1934, the tension didn’t rise until the 1990s. The U.S. started winning important games, and Mexico started seeing their neighbor as an actual competitor. The climax of the rivalry was in 2002 in a World Cup match, when the U.S. beat Mexico, 2-0. Many Mexican American soccer fans were told to choose sides. When you’re a player on the team, the side your on is a given. For Mexican American fans, the U.S.-Mexico rivalry could get a little confusing trying to balance national pride for the country you were born in and the country that your parents are from.
Produced for NPR’s Latino USA. About the story: Walter Thompson-Hernández was born and raised in Los Angeles. He’s Blaxican, meaning one parent is Black and one parent is Mexican. He navigated his personal biracial, bicultural experience alone as an only child. When Thompson-Hernández was a graduate student at Stanford, he began to research what being Blaxican in Los Angeles meant and proceeded to do in-depth interviews with other Angelenos who also identified as both Black and Mexican.
Co-produced for NPR’s Latino USA. About the story: Before she became a YouTube superstar, Dulce Candy Ruiz served as a soldier in the U.S. Army. The Mexican-born video blogger arrived in the U.S. as a child and was able to enlist with a green card right out of high school. After dealing with bouts of depression and a 15-month deployment in Iraq, Dulce Candy posted her first makeup video tutorial on YouTube and the rest was history. Now, at over 2 million subscribers, the veteran-turned-beauty guru is the author of her own book, The Sweet Life, and CEO of her own lifestyle brand, Dulce Candy Inc.
This is a radio story I did in Spanish as a part of a radio show for my journalism master’s program at the University of Barcelona. About the story: Hear how this group of Quechua-speaking Peruvian immigrants share and maintain their Andean culture and native language in Spain, 6,000 miles away from home.
This is a radio story I did in Spanish as a part of a radio show for my journalism master’s program at the University of Barcelona. Due to strict time constraints for the show, the story is 3:20 minutes. About the story: EatWith is a site, which follows the shared economy style of AirBnB and Spain’s BlaBlaCar, where you can book a seat at a chef’s dinner table and dine with strangers. This story shares the dining experience.