Starting a new and exciting phase in my career
Posted by Alvaro Ortiz
I am currently looking for new professional challenges in the fields of journalism, communications and media relations. Still based in Houston (TX) and as I line up some fascinating projects, I am also freelancing as a news correspondent for several Spanish-language media outlets, mostly covering American politics, particularly the crucial 2012 Presidential election. Never a dull moment for me...
I was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1971 and studied Journalism at the Universidad Complutense, where I graduated in June 1996. After working in several Spanish media outlets, I won the coveted Fulbright scholarship in 2001 and moved to the United States to pursue a Master's Degree at the prestigious School of Journalism of the University of Missouri-Columbia.
After two and a half years working as a reporter and anchor at the Columbia (Missouri) NBC affiliate station (KOMU-TV Channel 8), as well as collaborating with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), I graduated in May 2003.
In November of that same year, I joined the News Division of Azteca America, the U.S. operation of Mexico's renowned TV Azteca. I first worked in the Washington DC headquarters and I was sent to Houston (Texas) in the summer of 2004 to spearhead the Texas News Bureau for the network. In 2009, I moved to the field of media relations and started working as Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Al Green.
I describe myself as an 'all-terrain communicator' who can effectively report as an inquisitive journalist and also successfully convey an institutional and/or corporate message as a spokesperson.
I am proud to say I have travelled all around the world, visiting countries in Europe and Africa, as well as in North and South America.
Alvaro's Favorite Quote
Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.