Colombia, the nation where reporter Vanessa Hauc grew up, features Andean ice caps, Amazonian jungles, and Pacific beaches. However Hauc didn’t find a profession style till she was sitting in classrooms 3,000 miles away in the Mojave Desert.
“In South America, the method we were raised, we remained in close contact with nature all the time,” she said. “Then at UNLV, in my ecological science classes, I recognized there was so much to learn about the world and how important the environment was.”
Hauc, ’00 BS Communication Research studies, is an Emmy-winning reporter for Noticiero Telemundo, the flagship nightly national broadcast for the Spanish-language TELEVISION network Telemundo. In addition to routinely reporting on economics and politics, she’s submitted dispatches from Chile during the rescue of caught miners, Paris throughout 2015’s horror attacks, and just days ago from the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.
Climate modification, sustainability, and other environmental concerns dominate her news reporting, which reaches millions of homes throughout the United States and Mexico. Which fixation has actually carried over into her volunteer work raising ecological awareness in the Latino neighborhood.
Though her educational journey spanned colleges on 3 continents, Las Vegas was where she had the “a-ha minute” linking her interests in journalism and the environment to her cultural background.
“I understood that the environment is one of the most important stories of our time,” she said, “and the Hispanic community is particularly vulnerable to the changes on our planet. I recognized it was important to me to interact that message to my neighborhood.”
Born in Lima, Peru, Hauc moved with her family to Bogota when she was 6. Her striking features caused modeling jobs by 14 and a gig hosting a kids’s dance show on Colombian tv at 15. However as college rolled around, she traded a mass TELEVISION audience for singular hours at a word processing program.
“I delighted in working on TELEVISION, however I wanted to be an author,” she said. Hauc ultimately struck upon an ideal marriage of her enthusiasms. “Journalism integrated the 2 enjoys that I had.”
In her 3rd year of college in Colombia, after a study abroad at the University of Aix-en-Provence, she married a Frenchman and followed him to Las Vegas where he had operated in hospitality. “I discovered UNLV since I it had a great program for broadcast journalism,” she stated.
Hauc had the ability to move some credits from Colombia, and immersed herself in studying ecological science and sharpening her journalism abilities on both sides of the cam. 6 months before graduating, she landed an initially low-level position at KINC Channel 15, the local Spanish-language Univision affiliate. Las Vegas is a top-25 Hispanic TELEVISION market, however the station’s personnel was small, affording Hauc a bonanza of skill-honing opportunities.
“I was doing teleprompter, producing, writing, whatever,” she said. It wasn’t long before she was reporting on air. “The station was very little, but it taught me to be resourceful and multitask, to own a story and work a story from every angle.”
By the time she left Univision in 2002, she was anchoring the news.
Her next job, at the city of Las Vegas’s KCLV Channel 2, was short-lived. Her looks on the city’s monthly neighborhood affairs program resulted in a talent agent spotting Hauc and inviting her to try-out for a brand-new program Telemundo was launching from Miami.
She was cast on Al Rojo Vivo (loose translation: “Red Hot”), a newsmagazine that catapulted Hauc to a nationwide network audience and a reporting post that seemed worlds far from life at a small Las Vegas affiliate. “We had a lot of more resources at the network, and every occasion you’re covering is extremely important,” said Hauc, who still works out of Telemundo’s Miami-area nationwide head office.
Throughout her 10 years reporting for Al Rojo Vivo, Hauc continued concentrating on ecological reporting. She developed a weekly sector called” Alerta Verde”(“Green Alert”), highlighting ecological footprint issues. In 2011, she accepted former Vice President Al Gore’s invite to moderate an environment change panel during four hours of 24 Hr of Truth, an international ecological broadcast viewed by 9 million individuals.
That year also saw Hauc promoted to reporter for Noticiero Telemundo, the network’s prime 30-minute evening newscast. Besides submitting regular dispatches from throughout the United States and Mexico, she has actually reported from South America and Europe and covered both the election of Pope Francis and the re-election of President Obama.
Though she covers a wide range of stories, much of Telemundo’s news reporting is focused around problems crucial to its core audience of native Spanish speakers in the United States.
“I have to discover a little about whatever: education, politics, the environment, terrorism,” Hauc said. “However 80 percent of our audience originates from Mexico, and there are audiences from Puerto Rico and all over Central and South America. So we attempt to look for those stories that are going to be essential for them. Immigrants are still extremely near to their roots in other nations.”
The stories Hauc has actually filed preceeding the 2016 U.S. presidential election have actually offered her key insights into the concerns on the minds of citizens increasingly viewed as a prized ballot bloc by both significant parties. Education and the economy are essential concerns among them. “Individuals come here with a dream to have a much better life and better chance for their children,” she stated. “Education is the essential to break the cycle of hardship. They appreciate this country and care about having better tasks.”
However one problem is of critical importance to the Spanish-speaking voters Hauc interviews. “The community has been battling to have migration reform for the last 8 years. It’s exceptionally important,” she said, particularly for those impacted the Deferred Action for Youth Arrivals policy changes. “If you think of all of the kids who were born here who have moms and dads who weren’t, they’re afraid their households will be deported. We need to find a method to resolve this problem.”
When she’s passing through North America for Telemundo, Hauc travels to provide workshops for Sachamama, the not-for-profit she co-founded four years ago with her marine biologist sibling. The group’s name suggests “Mom Jungle” in the Quechua language spoken in the Amazon, and it works to raise awareness of the ecological motion and sustainable culture among Latinos.
“Whenever I have days off, that’s what I do,” she stated. “This is my enthusiasm, so it’s not like work.”