Alex de Armas, a reporter at WSVN 7, will be the next guest at the 2016 Miami Dade College Summer Journalism Speaker Series on June 30 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 6100 at Wolfson Campus.
De Armas served as the North Campus Bureau Chief for The Reporter during its first year in 2010, working as a print news writer and video journalist. She is currently a morning reporter at WSVN 7.
Prior to joining WSVN, she worked as a general assignment reporter at WBBH in Fort Myers and WCJB TV 20, in Gainesville, FL. De Armas graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism and from the North Campus Honors College. She attended high school at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy.
During her career, de Armas has interviewed many dignitaries including former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke, and journalist and political correspondent Larry Kane.
Her work has garnered her an AP Award for her exclusive coverage on Zac Reyna’s battle against a brain-eating amoeba
De Armas gained a lot of her early experience at The Reporter where she conducted interviews, wrote stories and created video packages.
“Being part of The Reporter also taught me the importance of being ethical while reporting,” de Armas said. “It polished my skills with working in a team, and it just really allowed me to confirm that I wanted to be a journalist.”
She is excited about participating in the Journalism Speaker Series after attending many of those events while studying at North Campus.
“Hearing from professionals was so so important. I learned a lot. So to be on the stage now, hopefully inspiring students myself, is surreal,” de Armas said. “I always hope to encourage students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism, by being honest and sharing my experience with them.”
The remaining participants for this school year’s MDC Journalism Speaker Series are Washington Post graphics editor, Lazaro Gamio, NBC 6 reporter, Melissa Adan, and El Nuevo Herald reporter, Sergio Cándido. All of the speakers served as editors for the Miami Dade College student newspapers in the past six years.
The MDC Journalism Speaker Series was launched in February 2008 to create an exchange and learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. To date, 52 journalists have participated in the series.
The programs include a presentation by the journalists and a 15-minute question and answer session. All presentations are free and open to the public.
WHAT: MDC Summer Journalism Speaker Series with WSVN 7 morning reporter, Alex de Armas.
WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 6100.