Jennifer Cortez is a master’s candidate at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she is supported by a Dean’s Merit Fellowship and the Rubén Salazar Scholarship from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

She was most recently a reporter at Mission Local. Her work has screened at Ojai Film Festival and Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Prior to graduate school, she was a high school English and journalism teacher in the Coachella Valley, where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year.



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