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Melissa Montoya

Fort Myers, Fla.
Reporter — Fort Myers News-Press

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

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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...

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@MelissaMontoyaO — 1,206 followers, 19,721 tweets

Cape Coral woman arrested as suspect in hit-and-run crash that hurt boy on scooter  via @thenewspress
RT @NickKristof: A cartoon for a Kenya newspaper offers perspective on the Trump s-hole comment.... 
RT @BerniceKing: As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legac…
Confession: I read the NYT Modern Love column in hopes that I'll figure out how to live this messy life. Spoiler alert: It hasn't helped. Real talk: I'm about to run out of clicks this month because of it.
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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.