My name is Daniela Hurtado but everyone calls me Dani. I was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States when I was five years old. I grew up in Miami Florida, where it’s warm and sunny year long.
My love for television and reporting began at a very young age. I was nine when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in TV. I remember going up the escalators during the CNN tour and looking through the glass and saying “this is where I want to be.”
For me, that was the beginning of what has been the craziest ride of my life so far. In middle school, I would deliver news about dance shows and fundraisers during the morning announcements. In high school, I made it my mission to understand and immerse myself with everything that had to do with news. I was a part of WVHS, where I learned to write, edit, use a tape deck (talk about a throwback) and think outside of the box. I transferred high schools my sophomore year and I became the weather girl and a reporter for RTV news. I then became a main anchor and continued to report, I won state awards with my team for an on spot news package, and for our live show that transmitted within the school.
I went to Miami Dade College after high school where I got my Associates in Mass Communication and Journalism. During my time at Dade, I was a writer and Editor-In-Chief of The Reporter, the bi-weekly Pacemaker award winning newspaper that served all eight MDC campuses. At The Reporter, I won a state award for my news writing.
In 2015, I transferred to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I majored in Telecommunication-News and had a concentration in Political Science. At UF, I worked for WUFT, a TV news station that runs out of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. At WUFT News, I was a multimedia journalist, anchor, producer, Spanish cut-in anchor, director and technical director. I loved every minute of my time at UF and I am so grateful for all the real life experience I was able to acquire. Before graduating in August 2017, I won a state award for best multimedia for an investigative report I worked on with a friend and a national college Emmy for a newscast I co-produced about the first hurricane to hit Florida in a decade.
I am so excited to be in Bismarck and at KFYR pursuing my dreams and to tell your stories. If you have a news tip or just want to chat, you can reach me at Daniela.firstname.lastname@example.org or through twitter @DaniCHurtado_
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