Kimberly Bojórquez

Kim Bojórquez reports for The Sacramento Bee where she covers California’s Latino communities. She notes that “as the daughter of a Guatemalan father and a Mexican mother, my parents were not keen on my choice to pursue a career in journalism. In their home countries, asking questions was looked down upon and downright dangerous.” She has covered everything from Latino lives in Utah to veterans affairs healthcare at the Deseret News, where she worked as an intern before officially joining the newspaper. Formerly, Bojórquez freelanced for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah and interned for ABC4 in Salt Lake City. She received her B.A. in journalism and minor in Latin American studies from Utah Valley University in 2019. Bojórquez served as the editor of UVU’s student newspaper, the UVU Review, between 2017-2018. During her junior year, she was named a recipient of the Utah Headliners SPJ Sunshine Award for advocating for open records practices at her university. Before moving to the Beehive State, she was raised in North Hollywood, California.

Brandon Block

Brandon Block reports for The Olympian in Olympia, Washington, focusing on homelessness in and around the state capital and the factors that contribute to homelessness, such as mental illness and drug addiction. Block is a reporter and filmmaker who, for two years, has covered criminal justice, immigration and the environment in Baltimore. His writing has appeared in WYPR 88.1, the DCist, and the Baltimore Beat, and he fact-checked the book “I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad.” He spent the last year in Bangkok, Thailand, where he worked for an education nonprofit on a Princeton in Asia fellowship. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Film & Media Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Block got his start in journalism by writing film and theater criticism for Baltimore City Paper.