Jazmine Ulloa covers California state politics and policy for the Los Angeles Times and is based in Sacramento. She previously covered state and federal courts for the Austin American-Statesman in the Texas capital. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, the Texas Observer and the Boston Globe.
Jazmine landed her first job after graduation in the Rio Grande Valley at the southern tip of the state, working as a general assignment reporter for The Brownsville Herald in Brownsville, Texas. She covered courts, crime, immigration and higher education while taking every opportunity to freelance from this “in-between” border city often left uncovered.
She made her way up to the San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio, Texas, where she covered crime and breaking news. Her proposal to write an in-depth article analyzing the use of extradition as a drug war strategy awarded her selection into the 2011 Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship of the John Jay College Center for Media, Crime and Justice in New York. The story took her across the Texas border and all the way to Mexico City.
An El Paso native, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She produced a short documentary on the underground music scene while in Prague and interned at an independent music magazine in London, where she was lumped in with stereotypes of obnoxious American tourists and gained deeper insight into the American of her Mexican American nationality.
In college, she also worked hard to establish a mini publishing empire, running several publications out of her laptop, including Abroadly Speaking, a magazine for the school’s Study Abroad Office, and Adelante, an underdog quarterly newspaper for Latino students.
Jazmine gets her passion and wanderlust from her mother and looks up to her little sister. She believes print will forever live on, if only in her heart.