Current Position/Job Duties: Multimedia Journalist
Previous Work Experience: I began my career in my hometown of Chicago. I was hired at WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 immediately after my internship. I worked there as a field producer and assignment desk assignment. A year later in 2003, I made the move to KTVO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Ottumwa, Iowa where I worked as a reporter/anchor. In 2006, I joined KOLR-TV, the CBS affiliate and KSFX-TV, the FOX affiliate in Springfield, Missouri where I worked as a reporter/anchor. While in Springfield I began teaching journalism classes at Missouri State University. In 2010, I joined KRWG-TV/FM, the PBS/NPR station in the El Paso, Texas/ Las Cruces, New Mexico market where I worked as a news director and multimedia reporter/anchor.
Joined 23ABCnews: August 2012
Most Memorable Stories: I had the opportunity to showcase the hard work and dedication of the young men and women of Onate High School’s Junior ROTC program in Las Cruces, NM. I also did a story about a local elementary school student who took on bullying by creating a Facebook page where his peers can go for help. I also did a story about a teenager living with Tourette’s syndrome and working to educate the community about his disorder.
Awards/Honors: I won 10 Iowa Broadcast News Association Awards between 2004-2006 in the categories of Spot News, General Assignment Reporting, In-Depth/Series, Public Affairs and Political Coverage. I also won a national TELLY Award for a series I did on JFK. In 2010, I was nominated for my very first EMMY award.
News Philosophy: Everyone has a story that helps inform and motivate.
Role Models: My grandmother, Melba. My parents and my sisters, Adriana and Monica.
Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Cubs/Sox (depending on the season!)
Favorite Music: I enjoy all sorts of music!
Favorite Movies: The Godfather, part II, Casino and the Dark Knight movies. I also enjoyed the Star Trek movies!
Favorite Programs: I enjoy watching news documentaries and some reality shows. Also, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Modern Family and my former programs that went off the air, Smallville, 24 and LOST.
Favorite Books: House on Mango Street and Revelations
Hobbies/Interests: In August of 2011, I started on a journey to live a better and healthier life so, going to the gym has become my first love (I’m have way to my fitness goal!!!). Then, it’s going to the movies and taking road trips.
Hidden Talent: I wish I can tell you I can sing or play an instrument well, but I can’t. However, I’m a pretty good listener and some say I dance pretty good (I guess it’s in the blood).
Pets: My childhood dog passed away back in 2003 and I haven’t had any pets since. But, I have had the chance to dog and cat sit many of my friend’s pets over the years.
Something Most People don't know about me: I come from a TV family. My uncle is a photographer for NBC 5 in Chicago and my sister is an editor for NBC 6 in Miami. My favorite times were always working the morning show with both of them.
What I like best about Southern California: It seems like everything is so close by. I plan to start exploring the area as soon as I can.
On the weekends I love to: Rent movies, going to the movies, maybe a concert, take a road trip or spend time working out. I also stay in contact with family and friends via various social networking sites.
You're most likely to see me around town: If I’m not traveling around the community covering stories, you will most likely see me at the gym.