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Samanta (no “h”) Helou Hernandez is a freelance multimedia journalist and visual storyteller.  She covers food, culture, music, and Latinx issues using video, text, audio, and interactive elements to drive her narratives.

Her work has been featured in publications such as LA Weekly, KCET, and Remezcla among others. 

She was recently an Annenberg Fellow at USC where she received her M.A. in Arts Journalism.

Samanta currently resides in Los Angeles by way of San Diego by way of Mexico City.

She has a passion for 35mm film photography. Her interests include travel, exploring cultural identity, intersectional feminism, and the way food informs our world.

Samanta recently created @ThisSideofHoover, an Instagram account archiving the gentrification as well as the legacies of the Virgil Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. The project has been covered by L.A. Taco and Hyperallergic. Last April she spoke about the project at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

You can contact her via email or probably find her dancing cumbia at La Cita. Viva la Vida!

Email: samantahelou@gmail.com