My name is Luna Reyna. I have been a working journalist for the last 7 years in Seattle, WA and I am looking forward to many more. I am deeply invested in shifting power structures and centering the work and voices of marginalized communities. Whether I am investigating the impact of environmental racism, interviewing an artist whose work sheds light on the casualties of war as an arts journalist, covering race and restorative justice efforts, or cannabis equity as a self-described “Cannabis Chronic-ler”, my work is in service of liberation and advancing justice.
Most recently I worked as the Indigenous affairs reporter at Crosscut where I developed a deep network of sources for stories that drove awareness, conversation, and change in and for Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest. My work at Crosscut amplified the experiences, voices and work of Indigenous communities creating fair, accurate and effective coverage of the varying intersections of Indigeneity, and exposing and addressing the documented realities of both historic and modern-day racial injustice in the Pacific Northwest.
My Arts and Culture journalism through college landed me an interview with the publisher at DOPE Magazine who created a position specifically for me. I worked as the only staff writer for the company, but my responsibilities ranged from social media manager to writer, to editor.
I provided high-quality journalism on a variety of topics as the only staff writer on the editorial team. In this fast-paced environment I pitched and wrote many of the feature stories for both print and online as well as breaking and daily news stories that developed. I also managed freelancers for DOPE online content within a designated budget for specified content goals in the health and environmental sections. In addition, I served as a trusted advisor and voice for culture, inclusivity, and intersectionality at DOPE Magazine. This led to critical investigative journalism for the first time at the publication, authored by myself.
As the editor and staff writer at BARE Magazine I reported directly to the creative director of the project and pitch stories for the publication, while also fielding pitches from writers. I collaborated with the creative director to determine each issue’s theme and content. I was also the de facto equity and diversity advisor, which was imperative to creating the monthly editorial calendar, content strategy for each themed issue of the magazine, and fielding pitches from writers that were representative of all people.
I am passionate about reporting that sheds light on colonial white supremacist systems of power. Challenging systems of oppression and giving a voice to issues facing underrepresented communities is at the core of everything that I do. As a queer Indigenous Latiné woman I understand and am passionate about telling these stories.
I am also an artist, mother and founder of RIZE entertainment, an online arts and culture magazine that centers writers and artists of color.