Vanessa de la Viña, a contributing reporter for Scene on 7, was born and raised in Miami, Fl.
Growing up in a Cuban family, her first language was Spanish, which quickly evolved into “Spanglish.” She loves Salsa music and Cuban food including croquetas, pastelitos, and of course, Cuban bread. If you’ve never eaten Cuban cuisine, she encourages you to go out and try some!
She grew up watching the local entertainment show “Deco Drive” and videotaping herself “reporting live” from her backyard during hurricanes. This passion for news led her to attend magnet programs for broadcast news throughout middle and high school. At a young age, she learned the basics of editing, filming, and writing for news.
Vanessa is a proud Gator graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She explored all kinds of news outlets during her four years in “The Swamp.” She was a reporter and anchor for the noon news show “All Things Considered” at WUFT-FM, the local NPR affiliate. She also worked as a reporter and entertainment anchor for WUFT-TV, the local PBS affiliate.
She spent a year as a multi-media reporter for the ABC News On Campus program. Her stories and footage were featured on ABC News Radio, ABCNews.com, and Good Morning America. She worked with network producers to cover hot topics including the Gulf Oil Spill and the Terry Jones Koran burning. At the end of the program, she executive produced and edited an in-depth segment on the Lost Boys of the Sudan that aired on ABC News Now.
After graduating college, Vanessa worked as a reporter for KVIA in Las Cruces, NM for two years. She covered the biggest stories in southern New Mexico, including the corruption scandal in Sunland Park, the Little Bear Fire and the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
Vanessa is excited to experience all the Upstate has to offer, especially the delicious food and great outdoor activities. In her free time, you’ll usually find her with her Pomeranian, Leo, and a great book.
She loves meeting new people and finding fun events in her community. Feel free to send her a message with story ideas or just to say hello!
Connect with Vanessa on Twitter @VanessaDeLaVina or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vanessadelavina.
You can also send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.