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My name is Luke and I'm a Mexican-American reporter living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. My work in journalism started as a small-town reporter in rural Ohio, chasing ledes and cutting teeth in a town of 20,000. It's where I learned to write a feature, file a FOIA, and follow a story — or get scooped trying. Most importantly, I learned that local news can still make national waves.

As a college journalist, I joined the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, was invited to attend the 2017 State of American Democracy Conference and the 2018 Nation Student Journalism Conference, and once drove through the night to attend a workshop hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors in Iowa.

After graduating in August 2018, I moved to New York City to cover blockchain and quarterly earnings as writer for Investopedia. The next year, I found a year-long home at the Atlantic, where I helped take pitches for branded content and turn them into stories with voice, teeth, and flare — that, and begged my editors to let me write about food. In January 2020, three months before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, I began working at Eater New York, where I attempt to write local news in a city of 8.6 million.


I also eat a lot. Here's where I've been so far:

Chilo’s. Abu's Homestyle Bakery. Giuseppina’s. Speedy Romeo’s. Los Tacos No. 1. Jing Fong. Peaches Hothouse. Ugly Baby. Root & Bone. Casa Enrique. Pizza Moto. Taqueria. Bourke Street Bakery. Little Tong Noodle Shop. Hometown Barbecue. Chez Ma Tante. Barboncino Pizza. Xi’an Famous Foods. Noodle Pudding. Chavela’s. Doris. The Fly. Miscelanea. San Pedro Inn. Gran Electra. Hunky Dory. Burger Joint. Win Son. A&A Bake and Doubles. Insa. Joya. Le Sia. Threes Brewing. Superiority Burger. Lamazou. Crown Shy. Baodega. The Food Sermon. Redhook Tavern. Court Street Grocers. Saraghina. North China Dumpling. Emily. Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop. Pig and Khao. Halal Guys. Rahi. MáLà Project. Death & Co. Uncle Boons. Raku. Freeman’s. Bernie’s. Poppy’s. Milkmade. Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter. Taco Stand on 6th and 28th. Veselka. Szechuan Mountain House. Win Son Bakery. Her Name is Han. Cosme. Brooklyn Cider House. LaRina Pastificio. Hai Di Lao. Lilia. Cafe Rue Dix. Meme Chengs. Lucali. Olea. Birria Landia. Bumu. Suya Bowl. Mokyo. Joe's Shangai. Boca Santa. Miss Ada. Calaca. Kiki's. Thai Diner. Levain Bakery. Zabar's. Chubby Princess. MeMe's Diner.