Carlos Omar

Carlos is the Program Coordinator for the VoiceWaves youth media program in Long Beach, where he helps local youth highlight the stories and issues that matter to them and their communities. Carlos grew up in North Long Beach, which he continues to call home. His journalism career began as an arts and life editor at Cal State Long Beach’s student newspaper, the Daily 49er. But his experiences growing up in a historically underinvested community and becoming more politically aware have pushed him toward covering community health issues.

Carlos joined VoiceWaves as a youth reporter during his final year at Cal State Long Beach, during which he was also managing editor of the Dig En Español Spanish-language magazine and editor of the Daily 49er’s first bilingual edition. As a VoiceWaves youth participant, he assisted in the production of the My Brother’s Keeper project and in editing articles and personal narratives. Carlos’ work has also been published in local publications like FORTHE and the Long Beach Post.

Outside of work, Carlos enjoys exploring the area with friends, hanging out at the local library, and trying all kinds of movies and music.