About

Hello there,

I’m Gabriel Paredes Reyes, but most people call me Gabe. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the political turmoil of my home country pushed me to grow up in two distinct perspectives of the American experience: the deep southern flavor of Louisiana and the quaint midwestern humility of Nebraska.

It was in Omaha, Nebraska where I first started reporting for my high school newspaper, the MWHS Catalyst. Since then, I loved the thrill of being a journalist: dipping my toes into a story idea to then navigate a deep sea of causes, effects, and entangling points of views.

Once I started studying multimedia journalism at Loyola University Chicago, I grew a deeper interest in telling stories through documentaries. I see cameras and video as unique tools to authentically capture the sounds, colors, and emotions of the world around us.

The video production experience I gained in high school helped me land a job as a Tech Assistant for the School of Communication’s OWL Lab. Here, I’m a resource for students on the production equipment we rent-out to them, and I assist in the general upkeep of the lab.

My interest in documentaries also led me to co-founding Small Town Chicago, a student organization that shed a brighter light on the most overshadowed areas in the city of Chicago. I shot and directed four documentaries showcasing unique stories from the neighborhoods of North Lawndale, Roseland, and Pilsen.

Halfway through my college career, however, I wanted to try something new… expand my creative skills past just reporting on current events.

This led me to joining Inigo Communications, Chicago’s first and only student-run communications agency. As Creative Coordinator, I expanded my skills into the world of Ad / PR, marketing, and general communication. I’ve gained more experience in graphic design, social media, animation, and livestream production. My hard work was recognized, and I was promoted to Creative Director for the Spring of 2022.

So, am I a journalist? A filmmaker? A designer? I don’t know, you tell me. All I know is that I love to tell stories, create multimedia content, and make the world a better place with every piece of work that I produce. Above all: I’m a perfectionist who will put my all into whatever I’m working on, no matter the medium.      

Outside of my creative work, I enjoy exploring my current home of Chicago, the thrilling passion of a fútbol (soccer) game, the peaceful nightmare of golf, and the warmth of spending time with the people I love.

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