Summary

Multiplatform bilingual journalist with extensive experience reporting and producing for television and digital platforms. Former breaking news chaser and one-man-band journalist. Founder, President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists South Florida chapter.

Work History

Work History
2011 - Present

President

National Association of Hispanic Journalists - South Florida Chapter
Founding member of local NAHJ chapter and VP of Broadcast.
Aug 2014 - Sep 2015

Reporter & Producer

Fusion Media Network

Reporter and producer for millennial-based network where I covered national and international news, from the bleak future of the Florida Everglades to the different side of Guantanamo.  Our partnership with ICIJ, other media outlets, on World Bank investigation won the ONA Al Neubarth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award.

Oct 2004 - Aug 2014

Video & Print Reporter

The Associated Press

I wrote, shot, edited and produced video stories from Florida and the Caribbean under tight deadlines for a worldwide audience -- that ranged from the death of Anna Nicole Smith to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin to the aliens of the sea. I worked on an AP analysis on survival rates at SeaWorld and the Cuban Twitter investigation and wrote articles that covered everything from hurricanes to the Hispanic community in Miami, fashion shows to travel packages. I also supervised teams during elections and led video workshops.

May 2002 - May 2004

Reporter & Producer

WRUF AM 850

Produced and hosted award-winning news magazine show“ Front Page on the Air,” a one-hour live radio program based in Gainesville, Fla., featuring local and breaking news reports. Produced daily newscasts and founded the independent segment,“ Speaking Out.” 

Sep 2003 - May 2004

Anchor & Reporter

WUFT News 5

One-man band reporter for the local TV news station based at The University of Florida. Coordinated live shots. Anchored newscasts and weather reports. 

May 2003 - Aug 2003

Investigative Producer

WTVJ NBC 6

Assisted award-winning investigative producer. Developed story ideas, conducted research while coordinating and producing interviews. Helped produce a story that won a 2004 Sunshine State Award presented by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Portfolio

Written Articles

Is U.S. ready to house Guantanamo's detainees?
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE (FUSION) – As the Obama administration pushes forward with its long-awaited plan to close the detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, military officials are looking to the U.S. mainland as an alternate site to house the remaining detainees suspected of war crimes who would be brought over for trial or indefinite detention. But is the U.S. ready for that?
http://fusion.net/story/185335/is-the-u-s-ready-to-house-guantanamos-detainees/

Saudi women finally freed after daring to drive
(FUSION) _ Two Saudi women detained for more than two months for trying to defy the country’s ban on female driving have been released, activists and news agencies reported Friday.
http://fusion.net/story/48912/saudi-women-finally-free-after-two-months-in-jail-for-driving/

4 elephants call former citrus farm home
FELLSMERE, Fla. (AP) — Forget peanuts. In the heart of Florida's citrus grove region, it's the oranges elephants are after.
http://news.yahoo.com/4-elephants-call-former-citrus-farm-home-073011359.html

Guantanamo says goodbye to last Cuban 'commuters'
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — One of the world's most unusual commutes is coming to an end.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/era-ends-guantanamo-last-2-cubans-retire

Orangutan's cancer treatment similar to humans
MIAMI (AP) _ Peanut is an 8-year-old orangutan and a star attraction at Miami's Jungle Island. These days she's also got a team of cancer doctors huddling around her, watching as the chemo drip flows into her veins.
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-09-orangutan-cancer-treatment-similar-humans.html

Man who chewed on other's face not on 'bath salts'
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities may never know why a Florida man viciously attacked and chewed on the face of an older homeless man in Miami last month after lab tests failed to find components of "bath salts" in the system of the assailant, who was killed by police.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/man-who-chewed-others-face-not-bath-salts

Nobu honored at South Beach Wine and Food Festival
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ His name is drawn on the napkins and chop sticks at his more than 30 restaurants around the world, but chef and restaurateur Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa prefers to stay out of the limelight.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nobu-honored-south-beach-wine-and-food-festival

Education

Education
May 2004

Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication-News

University of Florida

Minor in Spanish

Skills

Skills

Fluent in Spanish. Shooting, editing and producing news and documentary video. Proficiency in Final Cut Pro & Avid, all video camera operations.

On the Job

References

Mark Lima, Vice President of News at Fusion Network   mark.lima@fusion.net

Jorge Ramos, Network News Anchor at Univision & Fusion  Available upon request

Terry Spencer, Florida News Editor at The Associated Press    tspencer@ap.org