Natalia Aldana is a writer, freelance journalist and audio producer.
Most recently, Natalia has worked for KQED Media as the senior engagement producer for podcasts, and prior to that as the engagement producer for the Al Jazeera Media Network's podcast, The Take.
I began my career in journalism in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in 2010. While studying mass communication and media production at California State University, East Bay, I became editor-in-chief of the university's student-led newspaper, The Pioneer.
I created a monthly Spanish-language edition of The Pioneer, which produced news about and for the Latinx community in the East Bay Area, California. It was the first bilingual, student-led newspaper in the California State University system (Read that story here).
I have reported for alternative weeklies in the Bay Area where I focused my reporting on crime, politics and arts and culture features. I joined Global Press Journal in 2013 and worked in a variety of editorial leadership roles. I managed editorial publication and remained the company's leader in fact checking training and Spanish-language translation. I cultivated an area of expertise in news from the Americas while I was the Regional Editor. Along with extensive experience in editing and systems design, I managed the organization's social media platforms, executed digital ads and produced video stories.
I am a recipient of the Outstanding Journalist of the Year, Media Student of the Year, Broadcast Anchor of the Year and Journalist of the Year awards from the university. I like awards.
I currently live in Brooklyn, New York with my hound puppy, Prada.