Tania Ortega, reporter at KTBC FOX 7 News
How she got the job: I started out my news career in little ol’ Waco, Texas. Being born and raised in San Diego, it was definitely the smallest town I’ve ever lived in. I was basically a one-woman news station. I was hired to be the anchor/reporter/producer/photographer for a Spanish TV station. After some very hard months, I transitioned over to a reporter/producer job with a competing station in the same town. While there, I covered countless military stories at Fort Hood and around Central Texas. Two years later, I was interviewed in Austin and was offered the morning show position at FOX 7.
What she does: The question here isn’t what do I do, rather, it’s what don’t I do. Our “Good Day Austin” viewers never know what to expect out of my segments. I mean that. From driving a Lamborghini on a racetrack to indoor skydiving, I try to find some of the most unique and fun things for people to try out around town. Some people say that Austin is losing its weird, but I try to find the weird and keep it going. There are times when I’m driving around town on my spare time and see something new, I’ll head in there and see what they’re all about. Stunt-man training, horseback riding, even surfing on the lake, I find things across town that will make our viewers say, "Wow, I never knew that existed." I used to cover serious news in my previous jobs, and I can say that the positive feedback from my “Good Day Austin” viewers fulfills me as a journalist more than ever.