My name is Daniel Alvarenga. I'm a queer Salvadoran journalist based out of Washington, DC. I was born and raised in Southern California to refugee parents who fled the civil war in El Salvador. I got into journalism because I felt mainstream media coverage of Central America lacked depth and nuance, whether it was about refugees at the border, sensational MS-13 coverage, or our invisibility within the framework of U.S. Latinx identity.
I cover issues pertaining to immigration, racial equity, and Latinx cultures – with a special emphasis on Central America and its diasporas. In 2016, Remezcla named one of "9 Young Central American Creatives and Thought Leaders You Should Be Following." And in 2020, I was awarded a Poynter Fellowship by Yale University for my reporting on immigration.
Previously I made viral news videos for AJ+, a part of the Al Jazeera media network. Currently, I'm a reporter and producer for Telemundo's first English-language show Radar 2021.