Career Spotlight: News Reporter

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Kandolite Flores is a broadcast journalist in El Paso Texas.  She gets information and stories from the community and delivers them in the news hour. She also reports on the traffic every morning to make sure people get to work and school on time. She is a positive role model in the community and loves working with people. She is very energetic and is always full of smiles. She is also a person that has worked very hard to be where she is today and will always be loved by the community.

Name: Kandolite Flores
Age: 24
Position & Title: Reporter KFOX
Major: Communications Studies
Minor: Women’s studies

Why would you recommend your career?
If you like meeting people and are passionate about people and you like telling stories, then this is the job for you

What are some of your job responsibilities?
I do the traffic [report] in the mornings every ten minutes. From 5 till 8am, I make sure roadways are safe and people are on time. Afterwards, I’m a reporter on the field. I have to find a story or it finds me. Then it goes on the 6 and 9pm [news]. I’m constantly researching.

How did you find your current job?
I had thought about being a reporter with an emphasis in marketing. After I graduated [college], I landed an internship in KFOX. I built a passion for it. After being so vigilant and dedicated, I jumped on a part time position in traffic. My advice is to not take any organization for granted because you never know when you can help them or they can help you in the future. I did Podcasts on UTEP athletics in college. John Teicher; The Voice of the Miners really helped me a lot. While interning, I made sure to shadow everyone, and I stayed fresh in their mind when the position opened up. They said, “let’s give her a chance for 6 months.” After that, they gave me a contract. I love what I do every day and you really have to do it for the passion not the money.

What did you do to prepare for this career?
Internships and networking. I took advantage of professors and they became mentors to me. Also, doing the Podcasts gave me the training on camera. I spoke very fast on camera, but I’ve learned to slow down. I am fortunate to work with a lot of talented people behind the scenes, colleagues on air and our photographers but my everyday mentor is Brad Montgomery. He’s a weather forecaster and has been in the business for a while. He’s very humble, confident and passionate about weather. We are a team and he has really been like my teammate, pumping me with confidence. He gives me constructive criticism, which is not easy to do. For the most part we all work as a team but it’s a very competitive business and at the end of the day you have to worry about yourself.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Sharing inspiring stories. Like a recent story about 3 women who were in an accident on the freeway. A passerby stopped and put his life at risk and saved one of the three girls. It was a miracle and a selfless act brought to me through Facebook. I can only do hard stories not stories like on events or easy things. Sometimes news will find you, but it is your job to be investigative and to bring stories and justice to the community. When things aren’t going right, we have that power to bring justice. Knock on doors and make sure those questions are answered.

What do you think is your proudest accomplishment?
I didn’t cover the story but I brought it into the newsroom and I’m glad I did because it went national. An American flag fell in the rain in front of a local business and a homeless man folded the flag in the rain. A close friend who works there saw it on the security cameras later and told me about it. I thought it would be a good story and so I told our assignments desk about it. Daniel Novick was the reporter who covered the story and found the homeless man, his name was Gustus Bozarth.The story went national and people donated money and even made a Facebook for him- Gustus Bozarth for President. It was great to see the patriotic spirit it raised and how it changed his life.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t working?
One of my hobbies is running. I also watch other news. I call it my “Morning Glory” disease.

Tell me something about journalism that people would be surprised to find out?
Journalists aren’t as serious as they appear to be. In the newscast, we each have personalities and we’re human. People think we don’t have feelings, but we do cry and have emotions on some of the stories we cover. I’ve cried in our live van a million times. It’s not easy, we are compassionate about what we do and the people that we interview. Journalism is intriguing and fun but it can also hurt- it’s an emotional job. Even though we have to keep composure we do have compassion and of course a sense of humor.

What advice do you have for girls?
Be you, be fierce, be compassionate and be optimistic. Don’t take no for an answer or be afraid of conflict. Don’t try to blend in, be you, be unique. Always make sure to stick to your morals and be relentlessly optimistic.

What are your future goals?
I’m interested in writing a book about my first year in the field- “the rookie in the newsroom.” As for the news biz I want to go as far as I can. Who know’s maybe one day I can say “good morning america”

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