Pasa La Voz is an independent Spanish-language newsroom that informs the Latinx community in South Carolina & Georgia by providing culturally competent service journalism.
We empower our Latinx community by uplifting their concerns, accomplishments, and voices that are often unseen in traditional media. Our community-first approach has proven to be effective in informing and building deep trusting relationships with Latinx residents.
Meet The Team
Pasa La Voz was first published via a Facebook page intended to inform Latinos on the Southeast Georgia coast of the imminent threat from Hurricane Michael in October 2018. Started by Lisa Galarza, a well-respected community member known for tending to the needs of the community, Pasa La Voz grew in popularity as Latinos wanted more information in Spanish.
A couple of counties north of Savannah, in neighboring South Carolina, a similar project known as Recursos Estatales was born. Recursos Estatales was started by Fernando Soto, a Latinx journalist who grew up in the Lowcountry as an undocumented immigrant. The mission was the same, to keep Latinos informed en español.
Recursos Estatales rebranded as Nuestro Estado in 2020 and continued to grow across South Carolina. Meanwhile, Pasa La Voz Savannah continued its own rapid growth in the Savannah region.
In 2021, Pasa La Voz Savannah was chosen to participate in the inaugural cohort of The Pivot Fund.
Fernando & Lisa were introduced by a mutual friend in January 2023. Lisa offered Fernando a part-time role as the Editor-In-Chief of her publication, and shortly thereafter the two realized how similar their publications were and decided to join forces. Nuestro Estado merged into Pasa La Voz on March 1, 2023.
Like many small publications serving underrepresented communities, a path to sustainability can be challenging. Today, Pasa La Voz operates as a nonprofit organization serving over 50,000 Latinos from Savannah to Charleston, known to locals as the Lowcountry.