Pablo Arauz Peña, the breaking news reporter for KERA News, is now covering growth and infrastructure.
Peña got his start in public media as a KERA news intern in 2014. Since then, his journalism has taken him to Hollywood and Alaska and back. After graduating from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2018, he covered celebrity news and red carpet events fortThe Associated Press in Los Angeles as an entertainment reporter intern. He also worked throughout Southern California as a freelance news producer for NPR member station KCRW.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Peña spent more than a year in Alaska where he covered education, local government and Indigenous communities for KTOO Public Media, the NPR member station in Juneau.
He won an award for a historical piece on the parallels between the recent pandemic to the 1918 influenza pandemic and its impact on Indigenous communities.