Many high school students in their school’s journalism academy and in their college classes hope to one day be a successful journalist at a well-known company.
This dream is what Emmy award-winning sports anchor/reporter Ariana Figuera has accomplished. Figuera currently works for NBCUniversal at Telemundo 39 in Dallas, Texas.
“It has been an amazing experience,” Figuera said. “Everyone here is very professional and kind. They really want to see you succeed and they provide the tools for this to happen. Being under the NBCUniversal family makes everything even greater.”
Her journey to Telemundo has been enhanced by a number of pit stops. Coming out of high school, Figuera knew the importance of choosing a good college that fits her needs and would help her meet her goal.
She chose Northeastern University where she double-majored in Journalism and International Affairs.
Northeastern also had a Co-Op program “which basically means that they help you find an internship while in college (it’s a five year program),” she said. “This really makes you stand out when you are pursuing a job after graduating. I’m confident this helped me get my first job..”
Her first job was at ESPN. Starting in 2010, Figuera started a two-year tenure at the network, working until she moved to Miami to work for a four-year stint with Univision Deportes Network. Her experience there led to her move to Telemundo 39, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas as a sports anchor and video journalist.
In her position at Telemundo 39, she has had one of the greatest moments of her career when she was recognized with a Regional Emmy, The Lone Star Chapter from the State of Texas for Best Talent – Reporter – Sports.
To win an Emmy, Figuera said that it “really takes a lot of dedication.”
She said that a reporter’s “ethic needs to be intact if you want to succeed in this business. You never know when the opportunity may present itself for you to be in a position to be considered for an Emmy. In my case most of my experience was in sports production, and just recently I did the switch to Reporter/Anchor and got my Emmy in this category.. However, I’m certain that without my overall experience at ESPN and Univision I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this.”
Figuera’s ambitions for the rest of her career are to go back to a Network or
Cable station so that her work can be shared on a national scale. Her advice to aspiring journalists: “If you work hard and are dedicated good things will come. Have
an open mind; things might come in
different shapes and colors but they are still good for you.”