My name is Belinda Lopez and I care about justice, history and the stories we tell each other. And about how we survive in our world  – online, in the wild, the mundane, the absurd and the brilliant. Much of my work is about this, although to be honest so are most things if you squish them in really hard.

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I helped create the narrative non-fiction podcast This is About and worked on the award-winning storytelling/human rights podcast The State We’re In*.  I make audio documentaries and collaborate with other storytellers and curators to create multimedia projects. I write and perform stories and essays. It took me a long time to admit this but I effin love poetry.

As an educator, I work with not-for-profit organisations and universities, encouraging emerging creators and local communities to tell their own stories. I love (and got my start in) community radio. Later, as host and executive producer of the Australian storytelling show All the Best, I helped build community radio-making collectives around Australia.

2017 Australian Human Rights Media Award: Finalist
2017 United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards: Finalist — Best Radio Documentary
2017 Kennedy Awards: Finalist — Outstanding online video (with Rocco Fazzari and Judy Rapley).
2015 Amnesty International Media Awards: Finalist— Inside Out (film documentary; directed by Bill Code; narrated by Belinda Lopez)  in television and Indigenous reporting categories.
2015 Association for International Broadcasting: Shortlist— Online Factual for ABC RN’s Retrospect.
2013 New York Festivals’ International Radio Programs Awards: Silver
2013 United Nations’ Department of Public Information Award
2013 Gabriel Awards: News and Informational— National Release
2012 New York Festivals’ International Radio Programs Awards: Gold, Silver and Bronze
*One time I forgot to thank my old The State We’re In boss Greg Kelly at an awards night and I still feel bad about it so I’m doing it here. He’s now the head of CBC ideas, and is my all-time storytelling hero. The State We’re In was a show about human rights, though we rarely told our audience that. Greg showed me how to squeeze magic out of every story, and how good craft can make people care about the things that matter.  I think I’ll always be trying to serve something from his recipe book. (A few of his many methods are outlined in this generous Transom manifesto by the former host of TSWI, Jonathan Groubert).