Andrea Lopez-Villafaña is an award-winning bilingual and biliterate multimedia journalist.
Her passions include covering topics on immigration and accountability. She also enjoys sharing stories of individuals who positively influence their communities.
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 is currently an editor, bilingual reporter, and social media manager for San Diego’s bilingual newspaper, La Prensa San Diego. She covers local news, events and writes weekly profiles of Latinos in San Diego who are role models for younger generations.
She completed an investigative internship with inewsource, a non-profit investigative news organization, where she wrote an accountability story.
She wrote for every section of The Daily Aztec, San Diego State University’s independent student paper, and was 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.
Her bilingual story, “Joven Fronteriza Coronada Reina” was awarded first place at the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter Journalism Awards Contest.
Lopez-Villafaña was a founding member and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists student chapter at SDSU. She is now a member of the San Diego/Tijuana NAHJ chapter and serves on the scholarship committee.
She graduated 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.