Youth Reporters

Anabelle Custodio

Anabelle Custodio

Anabelle is a journalist studying Public Relations at the California State University of Long Beach with the hope of giving representation to underrepresented, marginalized, and disadvantaged communities by informing the public of their struggles as well as the beauty of diversity and tolerance. In her free time, she enjoys playing badminton, baking bread and hanging out with her dog, Potato.

Benyamin Chao

Benyamin Chao

Benyamin is a Long Beach native, growing up in North Long Beach. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 and is passionate about telling stories. In his free time, you can find Benyamin singing karaoke or researching local history.

Briana Mendez-Padilla

Briana Mendez-Padilla

Briana Mendez-Padilla is a Poly Junior who loves to read, write and listen to music. Her favorite book is "Jane Eyre" and she is a huge fan of The Smiths and Morrissey. Her dream is to be a writer and live in a treehouse in London.

Chantera Walton

Chantera Walton

I'm 17 years old, and I'm a senior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. After graduating, I will be attending college locally to major in journalism. I've loved writing since I was a little girl, writing exaggerated and elaborate stories about the people and things in my life. I'm an introvert so my free time is spent watching my faves on Netflix.

Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez

Things about me: Poly high student, love to edit just don’t show it, will listen to people's problems and help out, like to listen to rock and watch lots of anime and movies, also love video games, want to help Long Beach so it can be the best you can be. I also want to become a film editor.

M. Smith

M. Smith

You may see Multimedia reporter M. Smith taking a stroll around the community of Long Beach but what may look like a trip to the corner store or local barber, M never stops looking for a new compelling story. Smith mostly publishes as a video journalist, but also writes, photographs, as well. M strives to get the best camera shots and offer readers and viewers a full experience by submitting a package deal of photos, a story, and a video to complement each article. Smith wears many hats including producing the Wavegang podcast as a team manager.

Odin Smith

Odin Smith

Odin, a.k.a. OdieSpice, is a music producer and student at Long Beach City College. She joined VoiceWaves in the Fall of 2018 and looks forward to future endeavors with the program!

Rudy Cardoso-Peraza

Rudy Cardoso-Peraza

Rudy Cardoso-Peraza's journalism career began in high school. By the time he became a sophomore at Millikan High School, he realized that he could actually write pretty well. His classmates would praise his writing skills and also to his surprise, his English Literature teacher nominated and awarded him with an English Medal of Merit. While acquiring a passion for writing, Rudy also frequently followed the news on television and on newspapers. He is now a junior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Entrepreneurship at CSULB. Rudy is currently writing for CSULB's newspaper, the Daily 49er, and is an intern at VoiceWaves.

Sarahi Apaez

Sarahi Apaez

Sarahi is a multimedia journalist from Wilmington, California. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University, where she reported for the bilingual community newspaper and served as video editor for the campus newspaper. When she’s not working, you can find her taking photos or cruising down the streets in her roller skates.

Snigdha Barua

Snigdha Barua

Snigdha Barua is a Poly Senior who immigrated to the United States at the age of eight from Bangladesh. She loves to do makeup and watch “The Food Ranger” on YouTube. Her future plans are to go to medical school and help developing countries through medicine.