It is essential for a magazine like this to exist because it’s important for young people to see adults they can relate to in successful careers, making contributions to the community, fulfilling their goals and making an impact.
I’ve scratched my head at times wondering why it’s even a question.
I’ve always loved to write. By the time I reached college, I decide I wanted to be a print reporter.
I started writing for the campus newspaper and loved it. At one point, one of my editors asked if I had ever considered broadcast journalism.
I had not. Subconsciously, I really believe the thought of a career as a television reporter never entered my mind, because when I turned on the news growing up, there were only a few Hispanic reporters and they weren’t in prime positions. I would watch the news and not see anyone who looked like me or appeared to be cut from the same cloth. So why would I consider it a potential career?
But I started investigating it and the more I discovered, the more intrigued I became, until I knew without a doubt I wanted to build a career in broadcast journalism.
I often wonder, though, if that editor hadn’t thrown the idea out into the universe, would I have ever considered it?
It’s important to acknowledge stories of perseverance, like Friendly House President/CEO Raul Espericueta, who came to this country with his parents from Mexico and went on to become the first in his family to receive a college diploma in the United States, and two years later, the first to receive a graduate degree.
It’s empowering for our community to know the people seen working the fields have dreams they’re determined to fulfill, like Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers who’s office at City Hall sits on the very fields where she once picked cotton as a child.
Or to know that at 18 years old, you can take a job at KPHO, become an integral part of the station’s signature program, The Wallace and Ladmo Show, and nearly 28 years later, still work there as a producer/director of photography for the company’s syndicated lifestyles program. This is Tony Escobar’s story, my coworker.
This magazine gives us a place to take pride in accomplishments such as these; a place to recognize each other for whatever measure of success we achieve while giving the community at large a glimpse into the many contributions Latinos make to this place we call home on a daily basis.
Latino Perspectives is, simply put, a written version of the American Dream.
Catherine Anaya anchors CBS 5 News weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 10 p.m. She is a mother of two, a marathon runner and motivational speaker. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and at catherineanaya.com.