Meet this member! | Isabeth Mendoza

January 14, 2019—To celebrate AIR’s 30th birthday, we put out a call for nominations to bring in new and old AIRsters who would benefit from a membership but may not be able to afford one. Needless to say, we’re so grateful for the warm response and are pleased to introduce you to the 30 members through a series of lightning-short profiles. Read on to meet Isabeth Mendoza in this first installment.

1) Where are you based and what do you do?
I am based in Los Angeles, California, where I just finished my internship on the national desk with NPR and I am now freelancing in audio production.

2) A piece of yours (in any medium!) that you would like to share?
My first piece as an NPR intern: “Don’t Count Them Out Just Because They Can’t Cast A Ballot.” I gathered reporting for a month and really wanted to include voices of DACAmented and undocumented youth in midterm election coverage of 2018.

3) What draws you to storytelling?
The importance of providing nuance and complicating our understanding of the world and the people in it.

4) What’s playing on your radio/audio streaming service right now?
The Healing Justice podcast, recommended by a close friend for many months that I am just now listening to.

5) Hard-at-work-on-a-project snack of choice?
Chocolate covered almonds…hmmmm…yum.