Bio

Carolina Cruz is an award-winning journalist who now works as a News Producer for Telemundo Chicago with years of experience as a print and broadcast journalist in the Midwest and in Florida.

Born in the south suburbs of Chicago but raised in Puerto Rico, Carolina learned at a young age the importance of being bilingual. She knows what is like to be inside the newsroom working for English news outlets and out on the field working for Spanish publications.

In 2017, she was selected as a Reporter Fellow for the Chicago City Bureau, a civic journalism group that focuses on doing community related stories that tackle issues of race and social justice.

In 2015, Carolina was honored as Rockford Hispanic Woman of the Year by the Rockford Ethnic Heritage Museum for her work in the community with young people, inspiring and mentoring others to pursue a career in news. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists- Chicago Professional Chapter. A chapter she started with other Latina journalists in 2013 right before moving to Rockford.

In 2013 she won a Silver Award from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) for her stories about the Chicago teachers’ union strike, and a Bronze Award for her coverage about UNO Charter schools.

In addition, she has participated in the Dow Jones Multimedia Seminar in El Paso, the UNITY Journalists Students Projects in Las Vegas, was a fellow for the National Press Foundation Cancer Issues seminar in Washington D.C., and participated in the Specialized Reporting Institute about immigration reform by the McCormick Foundation.