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Chantelle Bacigalupo

Chantelle Bacigalupo

New Voices '23

Tell us about yourself:

I'm a Bolivian-American writer and multimedia journalist who has reported on the ground in Bolivia during the 2019 presidential elections, from deep in Ecuador's Amazon as Indigenous peoples fight against extractive threats, and from border town communities along the U.S./Mexico Border whose lives are impacted by the current political climate. I'm also a reproductive justice advocate and doula-in-training, so you will often find me having conversations about menstruation, abortion, and ancestral birthing practices. My interests meet at the intersection of bodily autonomy, environmental justice, and ancestral healing.

Currently, she works as the editorial staff writer at #WeAllGrow Latina amplifying the diverse experiences and stories of the Latino community, and exploring the importance of connecting to our cultural roots.

A piece of yours or project (in any medium) that you'd like to share.

Here is a video piece I edited for the organization Cultural Survival a long time ago that highlights the pivotal role and impact that community radio has on Indigenous women in Guatemala. It’s a beautiful, full-circle moment to share this here as my exposure to Indigenous community radio revealed to me the power of radio and audio storytelling for people across the globe, no matter its purpose or focus. It undoubtedly inspired me to deepen my relationship with the medium.

What draws you to storytelling?

Humans are hardwired for storytelling – a good story allows us to make sense of the world in a dynamic & expansive way. I believe authentic storytelling has the power to expand peoples' perspectives, and in an increasingly polarized world, I think it serves as a true path toward union.

What excites you the most about being a New Voices Scholar?

I’m most excited and honored to cross paths with people who have amplified underrepresented stories and pushed the envelope in their fields. I’m definitely leaning into this beautiful community of audio storytellers to continue honing my skills and collaborating together.

What’s playing on your radio/audio streaming service right now?

As a reproductive justice advocate, I’m currently eating up Bodies.

What’s the most underrated tool (technical or not) that you use in your creative process?

The voice notes app on my phone!  I’m a verbal processor, so when I have an idea I like to speak it out loud in full messiness, and then I’ll come back to it later to craft it to be coherent.

What is something you want to see more of in the industry?

A continued amplification of storytelling that isn’t afraid to acknowledge the nuance in stories and choose hard messy truths over simplification.

Connect with Chantelle on Instagram and LinkedIn.