As a Mexican-American kid growing up in rural Montana, the highlight of María Villaseñor’s day was coming home after school to watch “Bill Nye, The Science Guy,” “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,” and “In Living Color.” That experience has framed her mission in life: to help educate people, show them new worlds, and have a laugh or two in the process.
She is an Emmy-nominated documentary producer and videojournalist. She is currently a reporter/producer at Retro Report, where she makes short documentary videos that explore emerging technology and future trends, and has traveled to Guatemala, Namibia and Colombia to tell those stories. María has had bylines in The New York Times, PBS, Quartz, Details, and elsewhere. She’s been a part of award-winning teams that explored bitcoin and cryptocurrency, as well as mold in New York’s public housing.
After working in journalism for 5+ years, María recently begun to explore satire and comedy. She’s taken improv and sketch writing classes through The Pit and Upright Citizens Brigade. And she’s shot and edited videos with The Box, an intersectional feminist comedy talk show.
María is passionate about representation within media — in front of the camera and behind it — and making entry into this industry more accessible. She is part of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a resource for women and non-binary people of color, and has also taught video production and editing workshop through DCTV.