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Celebrating Mother’s Day with Gloria Ordaz



In honor of Mother's Day, we had the privilege of sitting down with the esteemed Gloria Ordaz, the beloved news anchor of Telemundo 51 Miami. Beyond her remarkable career in journalism, Gloria graciously shared insights into her journey as a mother, offering a glimpse into the balancing act of professional success and family life.

 

 

1.- Gloria, can you share with us a bit about your journey to becoming a news anchor at Telemundo 51 Miami? What inspired you to pursue a career in journalism?

My journey began when I arrived from Cuba as a 20 year old. I was studying accounting over there but decided to explore a new path. Recounting stories and the pursuit of truth always intrigued me and I had friends already in the media world so I auditioned at a small local station, began working as a street reporter while simultaneously beginning my studies in journalism at FIU and the rest is history.

 

2.- As a prominent figure in the media industry, how do you navigate the demands of your career while also fulfilling your role as a mother? Any tips for other working moms out there?

It is not easy being a working mom because both jobs are full-time. The main difference is that you generally know what to expect at work, but as a mom, you always have to prepare for the unexpected. It is important to have your priorities well established, and while your career is important, it is not eternal. However, being a mother is. You have to adjust your career to the responsibilities of your primary job, motherhood. Not the other way around. 

 

3.-What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career thus far, and how do you find a balance between your professional and personal life?

I have had the benefit of covering important moments in history, visiting interesting places, and interviewing famous personalities, but the most rewarding moments in my career as a journalist have definitely been when a story or project I work on makes a difference in the life of a person in need. You carry those stories forever. One of those stories, for example, was when I was contacted by the family of a young man who was gravely ill and crippled in Cuba and needed to travel to the US for medical care but couldn't obtain a visa. We made his story public, and the attention it generated moved a member of Congress to get involved. The young man ultimately obtained his visa, was treated here, and even visited Disney World. 

 

4.- How do you incorporate your cultural background and heritage into your work as a news anchor, and what message do you hope to convey to your audience, especially young viewers?

Working for a Spanish language network makes it easy to maintain my culture on air. The stories that we cover and the issues we discuss are directed at the sensibilities of a Latin audience. We are also fortunate to live in a community where we celebrate our cultural differences. I want our viewers, especially younger ones, to recognize that we work very hard to deliver a product that will be interesting to them based on their interests and priorities. 

 

5.-Mother's Day is approaching. Can you share any special traditions or moments that you cherish with your family on this day? How do you celebrate being a mother?

My family is thankfully full of wonderful mothers. I am lucky to have a vibrant 91 year old grandmother, a strong mother and a dynamic sister. We make a point to spend quality time together throughout the year, but on Mother's Day, in particular, there is nothing more important than being together with our children, husbands, and other family. 

 

6.-Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring journalists, particularly young women who aspire to follow in your footsteps? How can they navigate the challenges of the industry while staying true to themselves?

The media world has changed enormously in the last two decades. Before, it was driven by a handful of major television networks, newspapers, and radio stations that delivered to you the news they felt was important. Today, those platforms have diminished in importance, and most young people, for example, will never read a printed newspaper. We have shifted to a digital world where the consumer is now the one who decides what content they choose to consume and where they choose to consume it from. The fundamentals of journalism, however, remain the same. In the end of the pursuit of truth. The responsibility a journalist has to draw attention to important stories, demand accountability, and inform the public with honesty and integrity is still the core of our work, no matter where or how the story is told.

 

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