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Guajira, the Cuba Girl

Publisher: Inlandia Institute

Zita Arocha is a bilingual journalist, writer and former professor of practice at UTEP. She directed borderzine.com, a multimedia web magazine that publishes student journalism and helps with job placement. Cuban-born, Arocha worked for over 20 years as a reporter for the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, The Miami News and the Tampa Times. She was inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Hall of Fame in 2016. In this edition of Focus on Campus, she joins host Louie Saenz to talk about her experience in journalism, and what inspired her to write her memoir Guajira, the Cuba Girl. She also discusses how the happenings of her native Cuba influenced her story and her life.

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Originally aired on April 12, 2024

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.