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Samanta (no “h”) Helou Hernandez is a freelance multimedia journalist, photographer, visual storyteller, and associate producer.  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. 

Last year she was a lead researcher and story producer for a documentary series about Latinos and cannabis. Most recently, Samanta served as an associate producer, translator, script supervisor, and post production coordinator for a project of 108 video deliverables at a creative agency. She’s currently an associate producer for “A Woman’s Work,” an upcoming documentary about wage theft in NFL cheerleading.

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.

Samanta was an Annenberg Fellow at USC where she received her M.A. in Arts Journalism in 2017.

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

Samanta is available for assignments and production opportunities. You can contact her via email or probably find her dancing cumbia at La Cita. Viva la Vida!

Email: samantahelou@gmail.com