The idea for the SPA Suncoast Spotlight webinar series emerged as we identified the need to help prepare College/University and High School seniors for a future in broadcast journalism. These webinars will offer useful and constructive conversations and we’re confident students will find them to be a valuable addition to their education.
Reputable Reporting in Tough Times
Join us Saturday, February 20, 2021, for our webinar, Reputable Reporting in Tough Times. Learn how to report the news as a team in challenging situations. From your home office to the frontlines, join us for tips on thriving and surviving in these unprecedented times. The webinar will be streamed LIVE on our YouTube channel, Suncoast Emmy Awards.
Our exceptional lineup of panelists includes Ana Cuervo, Reporter, WSCV/Telemundo 51, Christian De La Rosa, News Reporter, WPLG-TV, Nicole Linsalata, Reporter, WSVN-TV, and LaCrai Mitchell, 2020 Campaign Reporter, CBS News. You don’t want to miss this – be sure to mark your calendars!
Ana Cuervo is an Emmy award-winning journalist with decades of experience in television reporting and producing in South Florida.
Ana joined the Telemundo 51 family in 1994 and is currently a reporter for Noticiero Telemundo 51, which airs Monday through Friday at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, and 11:00 PM on WSCV. As part of the Noticiero Telemundo 51 team, Ana covers breaking news and reports on the issues most important to our viewers.
Throughout her career, Ana has been a member of both English and Spanish newsrooms throughout South Florida. She began as an Assignment Editor and Newsroom Assistant for Fox affiliate WSVN before serving as an Assignment Editor and Special Assignment Producer for WLTV-Univision.
Ana is a recipient of multiple industry honors including four Emmy® awards for her reporting, and several recognitions for her work on behalf of abused and neglected children.
Cuervo is a proud member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Ana is a graduate of Florida International University where she received a degree in Journalism.
Christian De La Rosa
Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando, and Panama City Beach.
He’s covered an array of national interest stories, including hurricanes and wildfires, and has held numerous government officials accountable. Christian has also done extensive reporting along the border, crossing into Mexico to bring viewers an in-depth look into our country’s immigration crisis.
His love for travel and cultures has also taken him to Africa, where he shot, wrote, and directed an award-winning documentary about the fight against poverty and AIDS in the region.
Christian is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where he received a bachelor’s degree in radio and TV journalism and a minor in business.
Most of his family, including his Abuela, “Mamicuchin,” live in the Sunshine State, but Christian grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and also attended La Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Rio Piedras, where he studied labor law.
Nicole Linsalata joined 7 NEWS in August 2005 as a general assignment reporter. She joins us from KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where she worked as a general assignment reporter.
Prior to working in Seattle, Nicole was a reporter and weekend anchor in Fort Myers at WZVN-TV, the ABC affiliate. While at WZVN, Nicole received the Florida Press Association Award for Overall Achievement. Nicole has also worked in Atlanta at WAGA-TV, covering hurricanes, the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., and the deadly tornadoes in South Georgia. She received an Emmy® nomination for field reporting while at WAGA.
She began her broadcast career at WKMG-TV in Orlando where she received two Central Florida Press Club Awards for series reporting and covered stories such as the Value-Jet crash, the death of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and the Olympic Park bombing.
In 2012, Nicole received both an EMMY® and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for her news report, Hope for Haiti. The series featured the hurricane-ravaged island two years after a catastrophic earthquake hit just west of Port-au-Prince. Most recently, Nicole was honored with two EMMYS for her reporting during Hurricane Dorian.
A South Florida native, Nicole grew up in Cooper City and is a graduate of Florida International University.
LaCrai Mitchell is an associate producer for 60 Minutes and was a campaign reporter covering the 2020 presidential election for CBS News. A Tallahassee native, Mitchell is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She’s worked with CBS News for five years and in that time has served in various roles for multiple broadcasts including 60 Minutes, the Evening News with Scott Pelley, and 48 Hours.
During her time on the campaign trail, Mitchell contributed to the network’s political coverage by producing content for CBSNews.com, reporting for CBSN, gathering video elements for broadcast, and providing editorial insight for news teams as they covered specific subjects in key battleground states. Ahead of the primary election, Mitchell spent months in South Carolina before shifting focus to the battlegrounds states of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina ahead of the general election. Mitchell says that covering the historic 2020 presidential election has been one of her best assignments yet and she looks forward to helping tell more stories in her newest role.