Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017 • Santa Ana, CA

ONA LA: Diversity and the Media Panel

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA LA

Join ONA LA and SoCal JAWS for a panel discussion on diversity and the media in Santa Ana with journalists from top media outlets.


Ahn Do, Los Angeles Times

Alma Fausto, Orange County Register

Sona Patel, New York Times


Alejandra Molina, Riverside Press-Enterprise

The panel will be hosted at Chapter One: The Modern Local in downtown Santa Ana – find us in the Red Room.

If you have any questions, please contact the panel organizers: 

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil at

Diya Chacko at

We look forward to seeing you there!


Anh Do covers Asian American issues and Orange County news for the Los Angeles Times. A second-generation journalist, she has worked at the Dallas Morning News, the Seattle Times, the Orange County Register and Nguoi Viet Daily News. Do, born in Saigon, is a graduate of USC who also studied international relations in London and Spanish in Mexico City. Apart from words, she’s passionate about all things canine, spending 24 years volunteering in global dog rescue. 

Alma Fausto is a crime, breaking news and public safety reporter for The Orange County Register and the Southern California News Group. She has worked for the Register since 2013. Previously, she lived in New York City while studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she covered the growing Mexican immigrant population in the city. Alma has also lived and studied in California’s rural and agricultural Central Valley where she studied Political Science at the University of California, Merced and wrote for the Merced Sun-Star and Merced County Times. She’s an Orange County native from Costa Mesa, and in her spare time likes to read, visit libraries and drink good gin.

Sona Patel is the senior social strategy & UGC editor for The New York Times where she oversees reader engagement efforts and social media strategy. Prior to joining The Times she was the social media producer for The Seattle Times, where she guided the newsroom’s overall social media strategy and worked with journalists to show them how to use social media in their reporting. At The Seattle Times she was part of the team that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. She started her career as a reporter for The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune as a general assignment reporter. Sona is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (go Anteaters!) and is based out of The Times’s Los Angeles bureau.

Alejandra Molina writes about immigration, race, and religion for The Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Southern California News Group. Her work has appeared in The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, The Orange County Register, The Los Angeles Daily News, and The Mercury News in San Jose. In her decade-long career, she has reported how gentrification has changed downtown Santa Ana, how racism contributes the high black infant death rate, and how President Donald Trump is impacting undocumented communities across Southern California. 

Downtown Santa Ana has many public and street parking options:


Have an idea for future ONA LA topics, speakers and events? We are always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know (email LA [at] if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

Join ONA LA and SoCal JAWS for a panel discussion on diversity and the media in Santa Ana.


Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017
7 pm-9 pm



Chapter One: the modern local
227 North Broadway, Santa Ana
CA 92701