Victoria Bouloubasis is a journalist, food writer and filmmaker. Through the lens of food, her work aims to dispel myths about the Global South—its people and places—against the backdrop of complex social, political and personal histories. She has reported from the U.S. South, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Greece. She is based in Durham, N.C.
Victoria is a 2018 James Beard Award finalist for local impact journalism and a 2018 AAN first place winner for immigration coverage (along with colleagues Erica Hellerstein and Sarah Willets). She is the former food editor at INDY Week, the N.C. Triangle’s alt-weekly. Her writing and films have appeared in The Guardian, The American Prospect, Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure, The Local Palate, PBS.org, Whetstone Magazine, Guernica, Modern Farmer, Rodale News, and INDY Week, where she was a chief contributor for 10 years. She is currently directing The Last Partera, a documentary film about midwifery and feminist tradition in rural Costa Rica.
She is a 2017 International Women's Media foundation Adelante fellow to El Salvador and Guatemala and 2018 IWMF Grantee to Guatemala. In 2017, Southern Living included Victoria in its list of "30 Incredible Women Moving Southern Food Forward." In 2018 she was among 12 selected filmmakers for a film journalism workshop at UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program. She currently works as a producer for Markay Media on the Peabody and Emmy award-winning PBS series "A Chef's Life."
Victoria earned a master's degree from the Folklore program in American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. She graduated from UNC's School of Media and Journalism in 2005, with a focus on news writing and a second B.A. in Spanish. (Full resume and academic CV available upon request.)