Updated: Dec 8, 2019
Teresa Rodriguez is the first Hispanic female to anchor a national newscast in the united states. She is a broadcast journalist and producer, winner of 14 awards for excellence in journalism, anchoring, reporting, writing, and news integrity.
How did you get to be where you are today? I got to where I am today, initially through my hard work at school and grade point average, which caught the attention of a local news show that eventually offered me my first job in television. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA in Economics and a 3.5 in Marketing. (Double major in business with minor in English Literature). After that initial golden opportunity, I never stopped learning and growing. The day we think we know it all, we are doomed to fail.
Have you ever been fired? I am very fortunate indeed to have not been fired, up to now, from any job.
What are your real passions? My real passions are my kids, now grown young men, after that, my family and my profession. I am very much a home body and enjoy hanging out with my kids, significant other, our families and doing things around the house, from gardening to flower arranging. I also love to work out and stay fit as well as eat well. Despite my busy schedule, I always find time to go to the gym, walk, and now, bike.
If you won the lotto what would you do? If I won the lotto, I would probably slow down a bit and write another book or volunteer my time to some organization dealing with children, but I couldn’t see myself staying home and not becoming involved with some type of organization and/or project.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future? I hope to write one more book, continue doing something in broadcasting, perhaps in the English language….maybe a day time talk show, i.e., The View…..it would be a welcome change from the hard news stories I now cover.
What do you like to do in your personal life? I love to exercise, travel, have dinners out at least once a week, entertain at home, garden and just spend quality time at home with my loved ones.
Please give us one shamless plug: I have an incredible heart and would never hurt a soul on purpose. I am someone you can count on.
Please give us one plug for someone else: My significant other is the best thing that has happened to me in a very long time. After losing my husband to a heart attack, I faced widowhood too early in life. It’s not easy to find a second soul mate at this stage of the game…so far, all indications are I have.
What helps you be your best? What helps me be my best are a few things, beginning with the changing times we live in….we cannot be complacent. We have to evolve with the times and what better way to do this than by learning from our kids, our peers and by trying to stay in line with technology and an ever changing world. It also helps to never forget where you came from…if there is something that keeps me grounded is knowing my humble beginnings and how blessed I am to have made it this far. Change, especially sudden change as in the loss of my husband and the father of my children, taught me a lesson about survival and the strength of the human spirit. It also taught me about friendships and to appreciate life, for it is far too short and unpredictable. Also, seeing my kids and family happy and thriving at school and in their personal and professional lives, gives me tremendous pleasure and when we are happy, we perform better.
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