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Bernadette Castro, UF CJC Class of 1966

You can say that Bernadette Castro is a double-alumni of the University of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the College of Journalism and Communications in 1966 and came back to earn her M.Ed. in education leadership in 1978. Still, there are those who might remember …

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Iris Delgado, UF CJC Class of 2011

Iris Delgado earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She majored in Telecommunications and minored in Latin American Politics. Today she is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and news anchor. Delgado covers news for the Spanish-speaking community of  Noticiero Telemundo 62 in Philadelphia. …

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Marisa Gonzalez Eubanks, UF CJC Class of 1989

Marisa Gonzalez Eubanks is a Gator graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1989 from the College of Journalism and Communications, but her accomplishments have long extended outside the classroom or a paper diploma. Her time at UF set the course for a professional who routinely treks the …

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Maria Martinez, UF CJC Class of 2007

Maria Martinez graduated in 2007 from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She also minored in communication studies and business administration In August 2007, Martinez began working for CooperKatz and Co., where she was a manager of client services for …

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Erica Hernandez, UF CJC Class of 2015

Erica Alyssa Hernandez said her time at the University of Florida was “a lot of fun and a great experience.” “I got a lot of real-world experience,” said the 2015 College of Journalism and Communications alumna, “and I think it was a great time to ‘cut my teeth,’ to get …

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Ken Molestina, UF CJC Class of 2006

When Ken Molestina was earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he and fellow alumnus Christian De La Rosa started up a forerunner of Noticias online on WRUF’s website when WRUF was mostly broadcasting news and sports. Since graduating in 2006, Molestina career …

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Alana Rocha, UF CJC Class of 2004

From television to radio, Alana Rocha has fulfilled many roles within the realm of communications. Rocha, who majored in telecommunications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Spanish at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is a multimedia reporter for the Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, …

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Essdras Suarez, UF CJC Class of 1993

Today he’s a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner for photojournalism. But when Essdras Suarez first arrived at the University of Florida, he had a different career path in mind. He was an 18-year-old hoping to specialize in magazine writing. But that changed once he had the opportunity to speak with a photo …

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Vanessa Lizama, UF CJC Class of 1999

Vanessa Lizama is a two-time Gator. She graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a minor in business. She also earned her master’s degree in business administration from UF in 2012. After graduating in 1999, Lizama worked …

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Michael O’Hara Garcia, UF CJC Class of 1985

Michael O’Hara Garcia has dedicated his life to the betterment of society. He currently serves as president of the Florida Olive Council, a not-for-profit agricultural research and advocacy organization he created in 2011 to help develop a sustainable and profitable olive industry in Florida. Throughout his career, O’Hara Garcia has …

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