Alayna Alvarez is the editorial assistant for Stateline. Prior to joining Pew, she worked as a staff writer for Oceana, covering marine conservation. She has also worked as a general assignment reporter in South Texas for The Victoria Advocate. Her writing has also appeared in The Austin Chronicle and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. She was the recipient of a Bob Brister Memorial Scholarship and graduated in 2015 with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.