Jessica Mendoza (she/her) is an editor on It's Been a Minute, where she edits stories and interviews for the podcast and for broadcast.
Before joining NPR, she was a reporter, podcast producer and host for The Christian Science Monitor. Her work in audio includes series on the ways accent and language shape identity, the challenges women faced during the first year of the pandemic and the legacy of racist violence in Tulsa, Okla. Mendoza also served as the Monitor's West Coast correspondent out of Los Angeles for two years before being assigned to cover Congress and national politics in Washington, D.C.
Mendoza started her career as a DJ for a top 40 radio station in Manila, Philippines, where she grew up. She also covered amateur and professional basketball leagues as a sideline reporter for television, and hosted live events in Manila – everything from weddings to press conferences to concerts. An honors graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, she got her master's degree in journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.