Angélica M. Casas is a bilingual journalist from Texas telling visual stories for BBC News. She produces, films, animates and edits video features on the effects of policy on underrepresented communities, the coronavirus pandemic, fronteras and immigration. In front of the camera, you can catch her presenting explainer videos, hosting the BBC’s Facebook Watch show “Cut Through the Noise” or reporting for World News America or World Service Radio.
Her reporting and growing expertise on Latino issues have taken Casas to Colombia, where she reported on the exodus of Venezuelans, including women who resorted to selling their hair because it’s all they had left. She was in Guatemala and Mexico reporting on the migrant caravans that travelled by foot to reach the United States. It was in the Mexican border city of Tijuana where she reported on deported US veterans, American children who moved there with deported parents and traced the impact of gun smuggling into Mexico from the US.
In November 2019, Casas and three BBC Mundo reporters travelled throughout the US to highlight the influence of the Spanish language and Latino community for a project called “¿Hablas Español?”
Her work has also appeared on the PBS Newshour, AJ+, the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED and the San Antonio Express-News. She is a two-time student Emmy winner.
Casas has a Master of Journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where her thesis reporting focused on the long-term effects of gender violence in Ciudad Juárez and the arrival of Haitian migrants in Tijuana. While at Berkeley, she served as the president of the student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Spanish from Our Lady of the Lake University.
She is the honored to be the 2021 recipient of the Cecilia Vaisman Award, which recognizes Latino and Hispanic audio and video journalists who work every day to bring to light the many issues that affect Latino and Hispanic communities inside and outside the United States
When not in a newsroom or reporting, you can find Casas giving journalism workshops to high school students or shadowing her mamá in the kitchen.