Community journalists

Mayra Becerra: Mayra Becerra is a writer and co-founder of The Ivanhoe Sol. A lifelong resident of Ivanhoe, Mayra is a longtime community advocate and is the president of The Ivanhoe Community Council. She currently works as a teacher and loves to write about schools, education and youth services. 



Esmeralda Garcia: Esmeralda Garcia has lived in Ivanhoe for most of her life and currently works for Visalia Unified School District. She helped launch the Sol in 2020 and enjoys writing stories about community life. Esmeralda is passionate about sharing news in both Spanish and English to keep neighbors informed and to celebrate their accomplishments. She writes, “I plan to keep making positive changes and help set a good example for my teenage son and the entire community.”


Olivia Henry: Olivia serves as the Sol’s assistant editor. Olivia has a background in journalism, having worked in communications, outreach and community engagement roles with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, KALW Public Radio, San Francisco Public Press, the Institute for Nonprofit News and Mother Jones. Olivia recently completed a master’s degree at UC Davis focused on worker- and audience-owned news organizations.


Pedro Hernandez:

Kris Paul

Connie Vela-Solorio