Samuel Garzon is a mental health reporter for El Tecolote, covering stories about mental health and social justice in the Bay area. With a major in journalism from UNC Chapel Hill and experience as an editor and production manager for The Daily Tar Heel student paper, Garzon is dedicated to using his skills and passion for journalism to promote empathy, understanding and awareness for those with mental illness. Originally from Colombia, Garzon discovered his love for storytelling through after-school journalism classes, ultimately leading him to pursue a career in journalism. As a bilingual journalist fluent in English and Spanish, he is committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities and ensuring that diverse perspectives are represented in mental health reporting.
In addition to his work as a mental health reporter, Garzon is an avid reader of science fiction. With a deep commitment to advocacy and using his platform to create positive change, he seeks to deepen his understanding of mental health issues and the people affected by them.
El Tecolote began as a journalism project in a Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University’s newly created College of Ethnic Studies in 1970. Five decades later, El Tecolote continues to be free, circulating 10,000 copies biweekly. It is the longest running bilingual (English/Spanish) newspaper in the American Southwest. Our mission is to promote cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities. El Tecolote has a longstanding commitment to inform immigrants, which has proven crucial during a time of increasingly anti-immigrant sentiment.
Mara Cavallaro reports on health in the Latino community in San Francisco for El Tecolote, a bilingual community newspaper. A recent graduate of Brown University, she holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in ethnic studies and international and public affairs. Cavallaro was the managing editor of The College Hill Independent, southern New England's largest alt-weekly paper, run by students from Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design. She was also an editor for Somos Latinx Literary Magazine, a biannual student publication. Cavallaro has performed with the Mezcla Latin Dance Troupe, and also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
El Tecolate, a nonprofit, is a free, bilingual news site and paper circulating 10,000 copies biweekly. It is the longest running Spanish/English paper in California. Its mission is to promote cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities.
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