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

Molly Heber

Molly Heber

Special Projects Lead, Public Affairs

Molly Heber joined the HS Insider team in 2018. As the Project Lead, Molly seeks out every opportunity to work alongside young people to elevate their voices through education, the arts and civic engagement. Prior to joining the LA Times, she worked with students, educators and schools across Los Angeles to ensure greater access to college and career-readiness supports and the arts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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.

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.