Helga Salinas is an Audience Engagement Editor at Capital Public Radio, where she engages audiences meaningfully with in-depth reporting projects and visuals. Before joining CapRadio, Helga was the engagement reporting fellow at ProPublica Illinois, where she was the engagement lead for Driven into Debt, an investigation of ticket debt and racial disparities in Chicago. She also worked at The Seattle Times, where she was the newspaper’s sole social media producer. There, she led the paper’s strategic efforts on Facebook and Twitter, and worked collaboratively with various teams in the newsroom on award-winning projects such as Under Our Skin, an interactive documentary that tackled uncomfortable conversations about race, identity and inclusion. She received her master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. A native of Southern California, she graduated from UCLA with degrees in History and Comparative Literature, where she was a part of La Gente, UCLA’s Latinx student newsmagazine.