Jasmin Mara López is an independent journalist, radio producer, sound artist, and youth media educator working throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was impacted by issues present on both sides of the U.S.- México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change.
In 2007, Jasmin founded Project Luz, an organization that empowers youth to share stories within their communities utilizing audio and photojournalism techniques. The following year, she moved to México where she collaborated 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 returned to Los Angeles in 2011 to lead a reporting project that introduced adverse health effects caused by air pollution weighing heavily on the historic and predominantly Latino community of Boyle Heights. In that time, she founded Listen Up, Los Angeles – a growing collective made up of over 400 radio journalists and producers in the Los Angeles area. Her audio work on noise pollution in Boyle Heights was featured in the first Listen Up, Los Angeles group show in 2012. Before leaving Los Angeles, she coordinated a program that trains young adults in journalistic ethics and practice, multimedia storytelling skills, and how their local government works so that they could report on their community while addressing issues they have experienced as immigrant youth – via the Alhambra Source, Intersections SouthLA, and USC Annenberg’s Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative.
Jasmin was selected to participate in the 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency at Ragdale, the American Society of News Editors’ Minority Leadership Institute, the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, and is the proud recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Award, Pacific Media Workers Guild’s Freelance Journalism Award, the Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholarship, and the Society of Environmental Journalists “Translating Science/Telling Stories” Fellowship.
Clients and collaborations have included Al Jazeera, Beacon Media News, Brandon Thibodeaux Photography, Brian L. Frank Photography, HealthyCal.org, Hechinger Report, El Tecolote Newspaper, Folger Shakespeare Library, KALW, KCRW’s Sonic Trace, KPCC, KPFA/Cronicas de la Raza, KQED’s, KUSP, The California Report, Labor Radio, Latitude News, Marketplace, Monocle Radio, Newsdesk.org, New Village Charter School, North Carolina Public Radio, NPR, NPR’s Latino USA, Small Schools for Equity, Voice of Witness, WWNO, and Zackary Canepari Photography.
In her spare time, Jasmin volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system in Orleans Parish, Louisiana.
Depending on the time of year, Jasmin is based in Mexico City, Oakland, or New Orleans.