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.

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.

Lola White

Lola White

Lola is a very outgoing and trustworthy person who loves writing and is a self-described overachiever. She’s a bookworm on her free time and she enjoys eating donuts.

Mariah Smith

Mariah Smith

Mariah is a student at Long Beach City College. She is a European futbol superfan and FC Barcelona is her favorite team to watch. Mariah is a self-proclaimed thrill seeker who enjoys theme parks and being at the center of the dance floor at Long Beach clubs. She plays classical and electric guitar and produces music beats on her computer.

Nayobi Maldonado-Ochoa

Nayobi Maldonado-Ochoa

Nayobi L. Maldonado-Ochoa is a multimedia content creator based in Southern California. Her work has been featured in many outlets such as KPFK 90.7 FM, YouthWire, and The Panther. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from Chapman University in 2016. She is passionate about sharing her words and stories to others and her overall career goal is to become a talk show host on FM or satellite radio.