Valeria Fernández is an independent investigative journalist. She is a 2021 Nieman Visiting Fellow working on “Comadres al Aire” (“Comadres on the Air”) a podcast that will address women’s health issues (including those of queer, trans and non-binary people) in Latinx immigrant communities in the U.S. The initiative will tackle the health inequalities that have become increasingly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic and will reach those who don’t have internet access or can’t read. Fernández is a recipient of the 2018 American Mosaic Journalism Prize awarded by the Heising-Simons Foundation. She is a former Fi2W fellow.