Welcome to Insider

Los Angeles Times High School Insider is a community of young readers, thinkers and storytellers.

The foundation of HSI is this user-generated content platform where young people from around Southern California, across the country and even throughout the world can share the stories that matter to them.

Beyond a platform, HSI also creates opportunities for young people to develop their writing, media literacy and multimedia skills, connect with L.A. Times staff and immerse themselves in the field of journalism.

Meet the Team

Rebecca Castillo

Rebecca Castillo

HS Insider Project Lead

Rebecca Castillo is a graduate of Swarthmore College and a current graduate student at USC Marshall School of Business. She first became involved with High School Insider during her junior year of high school and was part of the summer 2016 intern cohort. Rebecca is deeply passionate about accessible education, storytelling for social change, and fighting for a better future. In her free time, she enjoys roller skating, film photography, and going for runs around Los Angeles.

Anthony Gharib

Anthony Gharib

Engagement Specialist, Public Affairs

Anthony Gharib is the Engagement Specialist for HS Insider and is a transfer student at the University of Southern California from Glendale Community College. He has been part of HSI since 2017 and has worked for HSI since Fall 2019. Anthony is a Herbert Hoover High School alumnus in Glendale, Calif. and former Editor-in-Chief of his school paper, The Tornado Times. He is currently the sports editor at the Daily Trojan. He considers himself a life-long Lakers fan who can tell you all about their past and present. Sports are a huge part of his life.

Isabella Balandrán

Isabella Balandrán

Content Specialist, Public Affairs

Isabella Balandrán is a journalism major at California State University, Long Beach, having transferred from Orange Coast College. After interning with HS Insider the summer before her senior year at Mater Dei High School, Isabella discovered and fostered her passion for journalism. When she’s not running the backend of HS Insider, Isabella enjoys keeping up with news, watching live music and spending time with her family and dogs.