Leonardo Castaneda’s love for journalism began after he moved to San Diego from his hometown, Mexico City, Mexico in 2002. Seeing the impact the repression of in-depth journalism could have—as well as the change investigative reporting could spur—he became interested in journalism as a way to provide context and clarity to the world around us. This interest grew parallel to a love of economics and the way it affects the everyday lives of people.
Those interests eventually led Leonardo to double major in journalism and economics at San Diego State University. He graduated with honors in May 2014 to pursue a career in data and investigative journalism.
He began writing for SDSU’s student-run newspaper The Daily Aztec as a freshman staff columnist, eventually rising to the position of editor in chief after working as opinion editor. After taking the position of editor in chief, he worked to reinvent the century-old newspaper into a modern multimedia news organization.
In January 2014 he began working at the data-driven investigative news organization inewsource as an investigative assistant, working alongside investigative, multimedia and data journalists. He has worked there to developed investigative skills such as requesting and analyzing public financial records, doing background research and even developing datasets.
Leonardo is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish. He has written for The Daily Aztec’s Spanish section, Mundo Azteca, and wrote a breaking news story with a unique angle for inewsource based on research of Mexican newspapers, magazines and online news organizations.
Banner photo: Atlanta, Ga. skyline, December 2011. Photo by Leonardo Castaneda