Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Priscilla Torres, who hosts Acceso Total Arizona on Telemundo.
Priscilla, how did you get into broadcast journalism?
I always loved anything related to entertainment and communications, but it was something I thought was difficult to achieve so once I graduated High School in Puerto Rico, I decided to pursue a totally different career in Chicago. It was there where I met a TV anchor, and I asked him how did he get to that position. He told me what college he had been to, and I decided to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career as a television producer and director.
How did you come to be the host of your own show? Tell us about your story!
Well. Once I started studying television, I did an internship in Telemundo Chicago. Once I graduated, I was hired as a Creative Services Producer where I collaborated with their Acceso Total show producing stories. I then moved to Telemundo Arizona, and it is here where I became the main entertainment reporter. I have received four Emmy awards for my work in Arizona. After a couple of years, there was an opportunity at the station to start a local Acceso Total show, and I was offered to be the host and producer. Since I studied production and direction, I’ve been able to perform several tasks within the show. As of now, I host, produce, write, edit and sometimes shoot the stories for the show. I always recommend people that want to start in this business to learn as many aspects of TV as possible, because that is what makes you an asset in this career.
For those unfamiliar, tell us about Acceso Total Arizona and Telemundo itself?
Telemundo is a TV station that serves mostly the Hispanic or Latino audience. Acceso Total AZ is Arizona’s access to fun and interactive segments aimed at entertaining and empowering Latinos in our state. Each Saturday we show people in different iconic places in our state that bring fun, culture and excitement. Acceso Total AZ airs every Saturday at 10 a.m.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Puerto Rico, and at the age of 17 I moved to Chicago to go to college.
Favorite type of music?
Rock en Español J
Favorite place to visit?
Mi isla del encanto
What are some of your favorite local spots or things to do?
I love visiting Bisbee, Jerome, Sedona, Grand Canyon and I go to the movies every weekend.
Arroz con Habichuelas y churrasco (Puerto Rican rice and beans and skirt steak)
Least favorite food?
Extremely spicy food
Three things readers would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been living on my own since I was 17.
I don’t like Chocolates.
I don’t like Coffee.
What should people be pitching you?
Adventure, entertainment, music, movies
What is the lead time you need for content?
At least a week ahead.
What is the best way to reach you?