Jen Herrera, Co-host of 6 on the Mix, an NBC6 show, opened the doors of her house to share
some of her family time and her personal life with Miami Kids Magazine.
Tell us about your upbringing and formal education?
I was born and raised in Hialeah, Florida. For most of elementary school I went to a
magnet school for languages in Miami Dade. Though my father is Cuban, that is where I
learned to fluently speak, read and write in Spanish. As a teen I grew up in Davie and
graduated from Western High School, Go Wildcats! Before I went away to college, I had
my very first internship in News at WPLG in Miami. It is where I instantly fell in love with
journalism and TV. After that first summer in a newsroom, I started college at Florida
State University, that’s where I spent some of the best 4 years of my life!
How did you meet your husband?
I met my husband at the Round Up! It’s a country western bar in Davie. I was home
interning at WPLG once again before my senior year of college. My husband was in
paramedic school at the time. It was funny because my father who is a retired firefighter,
told all three of his daughters that we were not allowed to date firefighters… 2 out of the
3 of us married one!
We know that you are a journalist. What was it like to be working several years as a
news anchor and then to host a "Magazine show 6 in the Mix?"
I’ll tell you this, I never thought I’d be hosting an entertainment show! My true passion is
News, always has been. There’s a responsibility that comes with telling the tougher
stories. With that said, I think I underestimated the challenges of hosting a show like Six
in the mix before I actually did it! It’s a nice change for me. I’m also truly enjoying telling
the good stories happening in our community.
We know that you had a rare auto-immune disease and you decided to take out your
breast implants. What advice can you give to all of the women reading this article? Tell
us about your book.
Yes- it’s wild for me to think about where I was physically and mentally just a few years
ago compared to now. I had been in constant pain, I had skin rashes on several parts of
my body, among other symptoms and could not figure out what was wrong with me.
Doctors couldn’t either. It was scary, especially being only in my early thirties with two
young girls at home. First I changed my lifestyle, stress levels and what I ate. Ultimately
though it was removing my saline breast implants that allowed me to heal completely.
It’s why I decided to write “Are your Fake Boobs Making You Sick?” I have been able to
help so many other women by telling my story. It’s been awesome.
How do you spend your spare time?
What spare time? Lol. There isn’t much of it these days. Our girls are 10 and 12 and
involved in travel softball and dance so our weeknights and weekends are non-stop.
When we do have a little time off, we love going down to the Keys, and I know it’s not
exciting, but we love just being home!
What does the word LOVE mean to you?
Trying not to sound cliché here… I think Self Love is most important. I’m a better wife, mom
and professional because I love the person I am becoming. You can’t give 100% of yourself to
anybody or anything without that. I want to me an amazing mom and wife as often as I can! I
also really love my peloton, red wine and high waisted jeans!
Any final words of inspiration to our readers?
I just think we all need to do the best we can in whatever anybody is doing! Give 100% to
everything whenever you can. It’s also really important to surround yourself with family and
friends who help you grow and truly support you and want to see you succeed.
Sumillas: I’m a better wife, mom and professional because I love the person I am becoming.
Photography: Enrique Tubio
Make up and Hair: Fio’s Beauty Salon