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Melissa Montoya

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Fort Myers, Fla.
Reporter — Fort Myers News-Press
Covers:  general news, higher education, breaking news, general features, university of texas at brownsville, texas southmost college, brownsville, cameron county

Reporter for @TheNewsPress. Obnoxious writer-type. Literary aficionado. Saucy witch. Proud Colombiana. Native Spanish speaker. Tweets are my own (duh).

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Biography

I'm a journalist born and bred in Miami, Fla. to Colombian parents.
I fell in love with the idea of reporting by watching the dynamic cultures meshed together in South Florida. I began reporting for the campus paper at Miami-Dade College and continued my journalism career at Emerson College in B...

What was your first job as a journalist?

I wrote for the school paper in college. The paper was called the Metropolis--it has not turned into The Reporter for Miami Dade College.

How is social media changing news?

It's immediacy is a game-changer. You need to be first, but most important you still have to get things right.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Fff the top of my head, I love William Miller in Almost Famous. I also like Mikael Blomkvist from The Millennium Trilogy.