David Rodríguez Muñoz

David Rodríguez Muñoz
JSK Community Impact Fellow
photo editor, The Salinas Californian
Salinas, California

David Rodríguez Muñoz is a photojournalist and reporter who uses solution journalism to build community. He has worked on a range of stories including housing discrimination facing migrant farmworkers in Monterey County and covered the California wildfire season. His most recent project, “Living in the Shadows,” which featured an indigenous family struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, was produced during a fellowship with the non-profit photography organization Catchlight. 

He discovered his passion for photography growing up in east Salinas. At a time where violence defined the neighborhood, he found purpose photographing the people around his community.

Today, he tells stories with images and text in his dual roles as the photo editor and education reporter for his hometown newsroom, The Salinas Californian, where he is the photo editor and education reporter. He earned a BA degree in photojournalism from San Francisco State University.