About Us

Los Angeles Times High School Insider is a community of 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 place to share stories, we also create 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.

If this sounds like a community you’d like to be a part of, send an email to Molly.Heber@latimes.com.

Meet Team HS Insider

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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. Molly loves to travel, but deep down is all about California, having lived in Northern, Central and Southern California throughout her life.




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Isabella Balandran is a Co-Lead Producer for HS Insider and is a journalism major at Orange Coast College. After interning with HS Insider the summer before her senior year at Mater Dei, Isabella discovered and fostered her passion for journalism. Between running the backend of HS Insider and serving as an editor on her school newspaper, Isabella enjoys keeping up with news, watching live music and spending time with her family and dogs.





Anthony Gharib is a Co-Lead Producer 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’s a passionate sports fan who enjoys telling the unique stories of athletes. 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.