Passionate about human rights, Marisa Lopez is a strong advocate of fundamental freedoms including of religion, opinion and freedom of the press. Hailing from Tenerife in the Canary Islands, 22-year-old Marisa has written about victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, recently travelling to Cambodia to interview a man born in a refugee camp and other humanitarians who witnessed second hand the devastation of the dictatorship.   

She is confident journalism is her calling and believes the greatest tales are told by people.

“Everyone has a story and has done something or lived experiences worth writing about,” she says.

Marisa has written for the website of Spanish TV channel La Sexta and was a news reader for Spain’s newest radio station Cadena SER in a program called Hoy por Hoy while assisting with the overall production of content. She is studying a double degree in law and journalism at CEU San Pablo University in Madrid and would one day like to report on international conflicts, politics and developments in human rights law.  

While radio is her favourite medium, Marisa also has a strong desire to write human interest stories like those of Humans of New York but for Europe and beyond. Her work is documented on her personal blog Sisu Logbook where her love for humanity is palpable.   

Marisa is compassionate and never without a smile but don’t be fooled, she is also a staunch debater. She took out the top award for public speaking at the national tournament of Complutense for the University of Madrid in 2015.