Jasmin Mara López is an award-winning journalist, radio producer, and youth media educator that works in the U.S. and Mexico. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was impacted by issues experienced 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 community of over 600 audio 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 worked for USC Annenberg’s Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative and 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.
Jasmin’s clients and collaborations have included Al Jazeera, Brandon Thibodeaux Photography, Brian L. Frank Photography, HealthyCal.org, Hechinger Report, El Tecolote Newspaper, Folger Shakespeare Library, Immigrant Defense Project / Indefensible Podcast, KALW, KCRW’s Sonic Trace, KPCC, KPFA/Cronicas de la Raza, KQED’s, KUSP, The California Report, 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.
Jasmin was awarded the 2017 Third Coast Residency at Ragdale, the 2015 American Society of News Editors’ Minority Leadership Institute, the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Award, the 2014 Pacific Media Workers Guild Freelance Journalism Award, the 2012 Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholarship, and 2012 Society of Environmental Journalists “Translating Science/Telling Stories” Fellowship.
Jasmin is currently working on Silent Beauty, an experimental documentary about her family’s history with child sexual abuse and their culture of silence. Jasmin came forward to her family about abuse she endured as a child in 2014. 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.
Jasmin is based in New Orleans, Louisiana but sometimes Los Angeles, Oakland, and Mexico City.
Available for speaking engagements in 2017 and 2018.