Youth Reporters

Adalhi Montes

Adalhi Montes

As a teenager, Adalhi began volunteering at many programs helping our communities become healthier and safer to provide resources to people in need. He was involved with Weed and Seed in Central Long Beach and is a youth mentor for the California Conference for Equality and Justice. Adalhi is also in the process of completing the neighborhood leadership program at the Advanced Organizing Institute and is studying Radio and television broadcasting at LBCC. In the future, he looks forward to joining the Marine Corps and continuing his education.

Ben Novotny

Ben Novotny

Ben Novotny is an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach where he majored in Journalism and minored in American Studies. At CSULB Ben was a staff writer for The Union Weekly, the student-run campus newspaper and was actively involved with the school's TV production studio. Ben was a Contributing Writer for The Long Beach Post and the Long Beach Business Journal and has been a Youth Reporter at VoiceWaves for four years.

Cindy Maldonado

Cindy Maldonado

For the last four years Cindy has worked for YMCA of Greater Long Beach. As an after school program leader she has worked with underprivileged families assisting students with healthy living and youth development. Cindy currently studies literary journalism and sociology at UC Irvine and hopes to continue serving underprivileged communities by giving them a voice.

Desarae Gomez

Desarae Gomez

Desarae Gomez is a journalism student at Cal State Long Beach and is currently in her last semester. Desarae has aspirations to work as a foreign correspondent or investigative reporter. Although to make any kind of difference with her writing and work would be fulfilling. Fun facts: she is a true crime enthusiast, dabbles in graphic design, and claims to be a bookworm but is a binge watcher at heart.

Elizabeth Campos

Elizabeth Campos

Elizabeth Campos is a journalism student at Cal State University Long Beach and is also minoring in political science. After living in Mexico for 15 years she now uses writing to understand what goes on around her and inform the community. Elizabeth likes going to concerts and trying out different types of food.

Gustavo Ortega

Gustavo Ortega

My name is Gustavo Ortega and I am on my last semester at California State University, Long Beach. I will be majoring in Journalism, with a minor in Spanish. I was born in Mexico, but have been raised in Los Angeles since I was 10-years-old. I developed my passion for journalism when I was in community college. Growing up with two different cultures encourages me to write stories in both languages. My career goal is to be an on-air talent or reporter for radio or T.V, whether it is in news or sports.

Jannai Simmons

Jannai Simmons

Hi! I'm a 17-year-old theater nerd in my last year of high school. I'm also a film geek or more formally known as an aspiring filmmaker. Both acting and filmmaking have been something close to my heart, and I'm glad that I found these passions at such a young age. So bottom line: I'm a geek and a nerd which makes me Top Dork, and if this were a cliché teenage movie, I'd be the one who gets the guy in the end.

Jessica Salgado

Jessica Salgado

Jessica Salgado was born and raised in Long Beach. She is currently a journalism student at California State University, Long Beach.

Kathleen Fontilea

Kathleen Fontilea

Kathleen Fontilea was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, a national honor society in Journalism and Mass Communication. Fontilea graduated from California State University Long Beach in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is currently working as a publicist for American University of Health Sciences and volunteers as a host of a horror entertainment talk show called The Dark Lady on KBeach Radio 88.1 FM HD-3.

Lightmary Flores

Lightmary Flores

Lightmary is a Whittier College Student pursuing a major in Public Health. She is actively involved in the student run newspaper, the Quaker Campus, and cultural organizations on campus. As a proud Latina, she loves to sing Mariachi at events and family parties whenever she can.