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Lusen Mendel / they

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Reporter and Producer
Member since 2022
  • Fact Checking
  • Editing
  • Engineering
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Voice
  • Writing
  • Other
  • Teaching

About Lusen

I am currently on a part-time intern contract with The California Report Magazine at KQED. I do a mix of reporting my own features, and supporting weekly production of both narratives journalism and 2-ways. For example, I had a big hand in the production of “'Racist Trees' Film Explores History of Housing Exclusion in Palm Springs.” I also take joy in the small things, such as making a fun lede for “How the Freeway System Shaped California.”

Previously, I produced and engineered interviews for Out in the Bay, and was a fellow with KALW News' Summer Journalism Program and with Women's Audio Mission. Prior to becoming a journalist, I worked as a content specialist delivering live talks and workshops, and creating trainings and marketing videos. I've also worked as a project and team manager, and as a professional interviewer. I've given over a thousand hiring interviews, and spoken at conferences about how to set candidates at ease and get the information and story interviewers are looking for.

Lusen's Portfolio



  • Tape Syncs
  • Story Editing
  • Scrubbing and Audio Editing
  • Research
  • Reporting
  • Producing
  • Interviewing
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing
  • Fact Checking
  • Voiceover


  • Field recorders: Zoom H4e and F2 (32-bit floating point), Zoom H6 (24-bit with gain control)
  • Mics: Rode VideoMic Pro+ (super-cardioid condenser), RE50B (omni dynamic handheld), two Shure SMB58's (cardioid handhelds), Zoom LMF-2 (omni condenser lavalier), Rode SmartLav+ (omni condenser lavalier), Stereo XY's on Zoom H4e and H6
  • DAWs: Adobe Audition, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Pro Tools, plus Descript and Trint
  • Car

Previous Work

  • Reporter and Producer Intern at The California Report Magazine at KQED
  • Producer and Audio Engineer at Out in the Bay at KALW
  • Summer Journalism Fellow at KALW News
  • WAM Fellow at Women's Audio Mission
  • Creative Content Specialist (Instructional Youtube videos, marketing videos and blog posts) at Self employed coaching business, freelancing for Brilliant Black Minds, Karat
  • Project Manager, Team Manager, Professional Interviewer and Interview Trainer, Content Specialist at Code For America, Karat, IndieGoGo, Rackspace
  • MIT Fluid Dynamics Lab Intern at High speed video and photography for research papers, cover of Nature