Jasmin Mara López is an award-winning journalist, audio producer, youth media educator and filmmaker that works in the U.S. and Mexico. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.- México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change.
In 2007, Jasmin founded Project Luz, an organization that empowers youth to share stories within their communities utilizing audio and photojournalism techniques. She has also worked for USC Annenberg’s Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative where she coordinated a program that trained immigrant youth in journalistic ethics and practice.
Jasmin’s clients and collaborations have included Audible, Al Jazeera, Hechinger Report, El Tecolote Newspaper, Immigrant Defense Project/Indefensible Podcast, KALW, KCRW’s Sonic Trace, KPCC, KPFA's Cronicas de la Raza, KQED’s The California Report, KUSP, Marketplace, Lantigua Williams & Co., Monocle Radio, Newsdesk.org, North Carolina Public Radio, NPR’s Latino USA, Scalawag Magazine, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Times-Picayune, Voice of Witness, and WWNO.
Jasmin was selected to participate in the 2018 UnionDocs Documentary Lab, 2017 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices Mentorship, 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency at Ragdale, 2015 American Society of News Editors’ Minority Leadership Institute, 2012 Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholarship, and the 2012 Society of Environmental Journalists Translating Science/Telling Stories Fellowship. Jasmin was awarded the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Award for her documentary Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border.
Jasmin is based in New Orleans and is currently working on Silent Beauty, a film project about her family’s history with child sexual abuse and their culture of silence.