As a Program Assistant, Vanessa Rodriguez is responsible for supporting and assisting ICFJ’s senior program staff with their Latin American programs.
Rodriguez recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a minor in Latino/a Studies. Unlike most young journalists whose storytelling journeys began in the classroom, Vanessa Rodriguez found hers in the city streets of Seville, Spain where she spent a semester studying journalism and communication. During her time abroad, she wrote the leading cover story for the student led Spanish magazine Mas + Menos. Inspired by this work, she joined a summer travel project called Podcasts for Peace to empower youth through storytelling in Managua, Nicaragua.
Prior to joining the ICFJ team in 2018, Rodriguez interned as a production assistant at the local PBS station in Western New England (WGBY) under their first bilingual show Presencia.
Her passion for storytelling inspired her to empower diverse journalists with the resources to find their voices and tell the world’s stories.