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Cora Cervantes

 

My career trajectory is driven by my values and connection to my community.

 

I was born in México and raised in East Los Angeles, California. I grew up surrounded by people from different backgrounds. This experience helped me to see and understand people and issues from many different perspectives. 

I completed my undergraduate studies in Political Science and the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Columbia University. I have worked in the non-profit sector in community organizing spaces. My work focused on expanding access and equity in education, health, and immigration, through policy and community development.

I was eventually led to pursue journalism. I completed my Master's degree in Multimedia Journalism at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. My work has been published by NBC News, Al-Jazeera, NPR's Latino USA, Salon, and Narratively. I have produced stories for MSNBC, NBC News, and NPR's Latino USA.

I work at NBC Universal as the Diversity Coordinator for NBC News and MSNBC. I champion diversity, inclusion, and equity in storytelling.  

 

Storytelling

I believe the best way to help an audience understand a complex system is to humanize it. My stories are character driven.

Explore immigration policy, climate change, identity and politics through some of the stories I’ve covered.

Photo Cora Cervantes

Photo Cora Cervantes

US Ends Temporary Protected Status for 55,000 Haitians (Al-Jazeera)

US gives Haitians with TPS 18 months to leave the country or find a way to legalise their status.

Photo Courtesy Rep. Veronica Escobar

Photo Courtesy Rep. Veronica Escobar

Veronica Escobar Made History in Congress. Now She's On the Front Lines of the Border Battle. (Produced video for MSNBC and co-wrote story for NBC News)

Veronica Escobar, a freshman Democrat, made history along with Rep. Sylvia Garcia, also a Democrat, in the 2018 midterm elections by becoming the first two Latinas elected to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Photo Courtesy Faith Flores and CALOR app

Photo Courtesy Faith Flores and CALOR app

Latina Teen Combines Social Justice and Technology to Combat Heat Stroke Among Farmworkers (NPR’s Latino USA)

Faith Florez, 17, turned her family’s connection to the fields of the Central Valley into an app the helps combat heat stroke among farmworkers. Through the iOS application Calor, Florez wants to use technology to improve field workers quality of life.

 

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