Jo Fuertes-Knight is a tenacious filmmaker, presenter and writer. Born and based in London, she started her career in magazine journalism before landing a weekly column named ‘Girl Eats Food’ for youth culture platform VICE. This was swiftly made into a Lovie-nominated video series which The Guardian called “the funniest thing to come from VICE in a decade”. In 2012 she joined VICE full time as an editor, before moving into presenting and producing video across the company.
Jo has since fronted documentaries on everything from Atlanta’s explosive strip club scene to the burgeoning world of virtual reality porn. Behind the camera she’s tackled equally bold subject matter investigating South East Asian drug cartels, the Metropolitan police’s treatment of grime music and the impact of the UK’s tax on tampons. In 2016, Jo travelled to the slums of the Philippines to report on the deeply religious country’s underground abortion trade, during the Catholic church’s controversial ‘Year of Mercy’.
Jo has been profiled by Grazia, Esquire and ASOS, and appeared on BBC Radio 1 as a talking head. On top of her work, she also acts as a youth mentor to ethnic minority journalists entering the industry and is a passionate advocate for the diversification of the media.