Reporter

I live and breathe news. This year I am celebrating 36 years as a reporter. I have covered many amazing stories and interviewed everyone from the late Michael Jackson to Tiger Woods.

A covered the LA riots, a cardinal assassinated in Mexico, the Oscars, two Super Bowls, numerous natural disasters, many crime and court stories and even Micky Mantle’s funeral.

Today I’m just as passionate about being a reporter as when I started in the business in 1981.  I enjoy being a freelance reporter, because there is a freedom to being able to pick and choose the stories I believe do make a difference in the life of others.

I am also studying for my Masters in Journalism at the University of North Texas. I need the masters degree to teach at a university level in Texas. That is another goal in my life. In 2008, I also went back to college to learn how to code, design websites, and use digital tools to edit video.

I’ve also added TV commentator to my resume. There’s nothing like giving your opinion on the “hot topics” of the day.

CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Worked in television news for 28 years.
  • 50 awards and nominations for my journalism work, including several Emmys.
  • Investigative story forced federal government to create policy involving workers turn registered sex offenders.
  • Investigative story helped shut down a foster care placement center after three children were killed.
  • Investigative story helped uncover corruption by school board members and ultimately shutdown a school district.
  • Investigative story revealed medical abuse of veterans at the Dallas VA Hospital.
  • Current VP of Programs for the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter.
  • Former visiting instructor at the Poynter Institute for “Power Reporting.”
  • Panelist at conferences for IRE, NAHJ, UNITY and EIJ

VIDEO STORIES: VIMEO

The Heart Gallery from Rebecca Aguilar on Vimeo.

My advice to reporters is do not get left behind. Today you have be a multi-tasker and know how to do everything well.  I’m proof it’s not impossible.

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