Crystal Niebla joined inewsource in June 2022 as an investigative reporter focused on infrastructure and government accountability in the San Diego region. Her position is partly funded by Report for America, a national program that supports local journalists.
At the Long Beach Post, Niebla served as a multimedia journalist covering West Long Beach, one of the most underreported regions in the city. There, Niebla’s broad area of coverage included air quality, infrastructure, park equity, labor, education, housing, social justice, culture and crime. Previously, she served as a reporter and program coordinator for VoiceWaves, a youth-led media program in Long Beach, where she mentored youth and young adults in journalism skills.
Niebla was born in San Diego and moved back in 2022. She grew up in Primo Tapia, Mexico before coming to live with her grandparents in South Gate knowing little to no English. After settling in, Niebla mostly grew up with her single mother and brother in South Los Angeles, commonly known as South Central L.A., before moving to Long Beach for college.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in sociology from California State University, Long Beach. Niebla is passionate about local accountability reporting because she knows good journalism can be a catalyst for change that can improve the lives of the public. She especially hopes to make a meaningful impact on the communities she serves, especially low-income, people of color.