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Monica Morales, UF CJC Class of 1996

Three-time Emmy-nominated journalist Monica Morales earned her master’s degree in telecommunications and TV production from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. “It’s really just a quality school. I just knew that I was going to a great school,” said Morales, whose bachelor’s degree is from …

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Juan Carlos Andrade, UF CJC Class of 1986

Juan Carlos Andrade graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. During his time at UF, Andrade’s biggest takeaway from the university’s College of Journalism and Communications was learning how to write clearly and succinctly, which has served him well in …

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Christine Portela, UF CJC Class of 2004

A University of Florida alumna and Miami native, Christine Portela blends broadcast journalism and diversity into one incredible career. As she journeys forth in the industry, Portela strives to mentor others just as other professionals mentored her. Portela’s focal accomplishments are attributed to her current position as director of news …

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Bob Vila, UF CJC Class of 1969

Bob Vila graduated from the University of Florida in 1969 with a degree in journalism. Today he is a television director, author and presenter. Overall, Vila has spent nearly 30 years hosting a variety of nationally televised home-improvement shows, including “Bob Vila,” “Bob Vila’s Home Again” and “This Old House.” …

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Zalome Briceño Ochoa, UF CJC Class of 2018

Soon after Zalome Briceño Ochoa graduated this spring from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, she was hired as a multimedia journalist and reporter for NBC Telemundo 60 in San Antonio, Texas. When she was at UF, Briceño used every opportunity she could to sharpen her journalism …

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Mindy Marques, UF CJC Class of 1986

Aminda (Mindy) Marques Gonzalez, executive editor of The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, is the first Hispanic editor and the second woman to hold the post. She was born in New York and grew up in Hialeah. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Cuba. During her tenure, …

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Maria Viña-Rodriguez, UF CJC Class of 1991

Maria Teresa Viña-Rodriguez graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in travel and tourism industry. While at UF, she was involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Hispanic Student Association. “I think …

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Reginald Garcia, UF CJC Class of 1982

Reginald Garcia graduated from the University of Florida twice. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Journalism and Communications in 1982 and graduated from the Levin College of Law three years later. Today, he is a clemency lawyer and a state government lobbyist in Tallahassee. And he authored …

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Betty Cortina Weiss, UF CJC Class of 1992

Since earning her Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Betty Cortina Weiss has worked for many of the country’s top magazines. Cortina Weiss was a correspondent for People; an associate editor for People en Español; a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly; …

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Clara Garcia, UF CJC Class of 2017

Clara Garcia said it was her culture and its history full of difficulties that drove her to become a journalist. Born and raised in Venezuela, Garcia graduated in December from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in Latin …

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