Who am I?
Hi! My name is Pablo Roa and I’m a writer, videographer, and photographer from the Washington, D.C. area. I'm currently a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying broadcast journalism and political science.
A little about me...
I have what you might call an unhealthy addiction to politics, news, and everything in between. I love writing. I love tweeting. I love pointing my camera at things and asking the right questions.
Above all, I love storytelling.
I was born in Bogota, Colombia, and spent the first few years of my life there before moving to the United States in 2001. Having been raised in two different communities with different people and ideas, I’ve always been well aware of the fact that everyone — no matter where they are or how they got there — has their own perspective and unique story to tell.
Recently I've taken a more nuanced approach to storytelling, focusing on the power of storytelling in the political sphere. In my opinion, the key to good politics is good storytelling. Politicians can only make the world a better place if they hear stories from their constituents. Constituents can only push for change if they can tell their stories. Journalists can only protect our democracy if they find and tell the right stories. Am I being overly simplistic for the sake of brevity? Yes. Most of you stopped scrolling three paragraphs ago.
This bio isn't good storytelling, but you get my point — storytelling is everything in politics.
I first learned this lesson when I volunteered at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where I made videos to tell the story of how Democrats were preparing for the 2016 election. As a public affairs intern at the Department of Labor later that year, I made videos and drafted social media content to show how the federal government can and must help American workers succeed. I used storytelling to help connect with constituents while interning for Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the Democratic National Committee, and most recently, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. I've used storytelling to make videos for political candidates, as well as activist groups like United We Dream, March for Our Lives, Way to Win, and others. You might say that makes me an activist — I think it makes me a storyteller.
Journalism is a natural outlet for my passion for storytelling, and I've tried to tell the right stories through my journalism studies at UMD. I'm the editor-in-chief of Stories Beneath the Shell, a student-run publication focused on telling underreported stories on campus. I'm a production manager for Capital News Service — leading an all-student team of production assistants to broadcast a live, 30-minute newscast three days a week. I'm also the vice president of UMD's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists — helping other student journalists tell their stories and promoting the importance of journalism on campus.
I hope to use this website as a portfolio for all sorts of storytelling — photos, videos, writing, and more. If you have any thoughts or suggestions about anything at all, please let me know. Thanks for visiting!