Gisselle Medina

Fresnoland

Gisselle Medina

Reporter Profile

Gisselle Medina covers religion, culture and community development in the Central Valley for Fresnoland. Prior to joining Report for America, Medina built an education beat from scratch at The Frisc, a small newsroom in San Francisco. Their work has been published in the L.A. Times, The Oaklandside, The Daily Californian, Greater Good Science Center, and much more. Medina was a 2023 White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship recipient and was part of the 2023 NAHJ and NLGJA student projects. Medina received a master’s degree in journalism, with concentrations in investigative reporting and multimedia, from UC Berkeley, where they also studied English as an undergraduate. Originally from Los Angeles, Medina lived in Fresno for 10 years, where they cultivated a passion for helping people while residing in a room and board facility and uncovering the disparities faced by the residents. Outside of work, Medina loves to spend time with loved ones, playing board games, dancing to music, traveling to new places, and reading poetry.

Beat: Religion, culture and community development in the Central Valley

California's San Joaquin Valley is one of the most religious and diverse regions in the United States. Major institutions, politics and community development efforts are frequently shaped by religious groups and individuals. This reporter examines how religion informs the culture, government, politics and daily life of residents in the greater Fresno metropolitan area, with a focus on the diversity of religions and denominations and cultures of the region.