Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Ozzy Mora, a digital multimedia journalist and social media producer for 12 News. You have most likely also seen her on TV, as she often works as an on-air social media reporter, too. Excited to share her story with the blogosphere today!
How did you make your way to 12 News?
Well, that's an interesting one. I actually met a recruiter for the company at that time a hotel. I know it sounds weird, but his team was having a recruiting event and I happened to be there. We started talking and – boom – he said I would be perfect for a position that opened up in Phoenix. I actually was already signing papers to work at another station where I am originally from, but once I got the call from 12 News in Phoenix, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a very hard decision at the time – I left my family, friends and even a relationship to take this leap of faith. At first I was devastated, but I knew I made the right choice.
Favorite part about what you do?
I have such a huge passion for community, people making a difference and entertainment. I have always wanted to be a voice for people. I love interacting with our community. I love knowing there's still people out there that seek the best in others and truly try to aspire to be kind people and ambitious.
Prior jobs/positions in media:
I used to work for a film production as a producer's assistant and wore many other hats. At the same time, I was a dance teacher for a high school and for little ones age one to five. It was so much fun, and I learned tons of patience.
I attended the University of La Verne.
Where did you grow up?
I am from Los Angeles. I was born in East Los Angeles and now, my family lives in Hacienda Heights right next to a Buddhist Temple.
Favorite type of music:
I love reggae, especially Daddy Yankee! I also enjoy, rap, pop and hip-hop. I slowly have been starting to like country as well, but some songs not all. I have to feel it.
Favorite local haunts:
Well, I recently did a story at the Gila Jail in Globe, which is really haunted. I had an experience actually, and it was definitely a story to tell. I took the chance in telling the story. It was a challenge because I work for a local breaking news department. I mean, who is going to believe this? But it did happen. And a lot of great things are actually happening because of my experience. Let's just say I am very well-known in Globe now, and they are about to get more attention soon as a result.
Favorite places to visit:
Mexico. My mom's family is there. I love them so much. My aunt recently died, so it has been hard to go over and know she is not there anymore, but in spirit she is.
Thai and Korean BBQ.
Least favorite food:
Honestly, I can eat anything except frog legs, chicken legs …anything too far out of the norm. I ate rabbit by accident once, and I about cried!
Tell us a few things readers would be surprised to know about you?
I have a daughter who looks nothing like me and is about to turn one.
I love to dance hip hop and lyrical. I have been dancing since I was three years old, in fact, and I danced for 14 years “folkorico,” which most people would know as the Mexican dance with the colorful dresses.
I have a huge pet peeve for short responses.
I love Nickelback, and I don't care what people have to say about that (since they are so often dismissed and dogged).
I used to model and act for about six years.
I am half Ecuadorian and half Mexican.
I lived in Italy with my aunt and had a boyfriend out there too!
I am a huge daredevil and risk taker.
Tell us who you are in a nutshell:
Outspoken, loving, caring, generous, grateful, adventurous, romancer and crazy in my own ways. I love the GYM! Committed to whatever I set my mind to do. Addicted to coffee and good-hearted people. Sincerity is key and be unique. I don't like people who try to blend in.
Types of stories and pitches you are looking for:
Community, people making a difference, organizations, schools improving the life of someone or a community, entertainment, celebrities
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