Media Center Fellows

Yazmin Cruz is a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist with a background in editing, video production, and audience engagement. She was a part of the Ventura County Star breaking news team that was recognized by the California News Publishers Association for its coverage of the devastating Thomas fire, Montecito mudslides, Borderline shooting and Woolsey fire. She has a passion for turning messy data into user-friendly interactive maps, graphics or visualizations to complement data-driven stories. She’s a California State University, Northridge alumna. yccruz@usc.edu

Jessica Diaz-Hurtado is a multimedia storyteller with experience in audio, video and magazine editing. She graduated with a BA in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Peninsula Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she also has MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. After freelancing in South America, she was a NPR Kroc Fellow where she worked across radio shows and podcasts focusing on stories affecting communities of color, music, art, gender and culture. She comes to USC after a stint at Newsy as a documentary producer where she led a piece focusing on maternal health in rural and Black communities. Her work also has appeared on LatinoUSA, NPR, Girlboss, Latina, Fusion and She Shreds Magazine. diazhurt@usc.edu

Traci G. Lee was most recently the Digital Editorial Manager for NBC Asian America at NBC News, where she commissioned and edited hundreds of articles and videos over 4 years on a range of topics, from politics to pop culture, while also pitching and reporting stories focused on the entertainment industry. She also supervised the production of more than a dozen original web series and documentaries that have screened at film festivals across the country, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston. She has worked in national newsrooms since 2011, covering breaking news, reporting features and developing social media strategies for news anchors and producers. Recognition for her work includes the New Media Broadcast Executive Award at the Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner, the OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award and the Impact Award from the Digital Diversity Network. Based in Los Angeles, she holds bachelor’s degrees in literary journalism and global cultures from the University of California, Irvine. tglee@usc.edu

Kevinisha Walker is a digital journalist from New Orleans with a passion for telling stories about people in underserved communities. For the past 7 years, she has been writing and reporting about communities in her hometown, Louisiana's bayou country and Chicago. More recently, she switched over to the digital side of journalism, working as a social media producer for NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. As part of a small team of social producers, she helped manage the organization's social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and helped run its homepage on NOLA.com. She also created videos and digital graphics for web and social media distribution. kevinish@usc.edu