My name is Luke and I'm a Mexican-American reporter based out of Brooklyn, New York. My work in journalism began 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 chase a lede — or get scooped trying. But most importantly, it's where I learned that local news can still make national waves.
Shortly after graduating, I moved to New York City and freelanced my way through six months of rent with help from the newsrooms of New York Public Radio, NPR, and Investopedia. In January 2019, 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 ediors to let me write about food. As an early-career journalist, I have spoken at the 2018 Nation Student Journalism Conference and the 2020 Oberlin Journalism Symposium; joined the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; and drove through the night to attend a data journalism workshop with the Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Over the last 24 years, I have camped, hiked, and backpacked through 22 of the 60 U.S. National Parks and driven across the country three times in search of North America's best street tacos. My most recent adventure led me to Eater, where I attempt to write about local news in a city of 8.6 million people. Feel free to say hi at firstname.lastname@example.org.