Andrea Lopez-Villafaña is a bilingual and biliterate reporter determined to pursue a career in multimedia journalism.
Her passions include covering topics on immigration, accountability and education.
She is currently an investigative intern at inewsource, a non-profit investigative news organization, where she is working on a accountability story.
She has written for every section of The Daily Aztec, San Diego State University’s independent student paper, and is the editor of Mundo Azteca, the Spanish section of the newspaper. She played a vital role in creating a bilingual broadcast with the help of her two colleagues for the newspaper’s website.
She wrote an opinion piece titled, “Total Frat Move website, Instagram degrades women at SDSU” that reach over 1,000 online views and prompted a research study by an SDSU media and sexuality professor about the website. She is cited in his research.
Lopez-Villafaña is also a founding member and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists student chapter at SDSU.
She recognized her need to hold those in power accountable while covering a story about student homelessness and food insecurity at her university. The number of students in the CSU system that were affected by those issues touched her and inspired her to write a front page story for the school’s newspaper about the need for university student support.
As a child of immigrant parents, she found that her parents didn’t speak out against injustice in their workplace because they feared deportation. This has been her greatest inspiration behind pursuing a career that is a voice for the voiceless.
She plans to graduate from SDSU with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in political science in May 2017.
Lopez-Villafaña plans on working for both English and Spanish media because she is passionate about Hispanic representation in journalism.