BILINGUAL MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST/REPORTER/ANCHOR
Aldo Vazquez is a bilingual multimedia journalist at ABC 4 Utah in Salt Lake City. He joined the Good 4 Utah team in February, 2015, and is excited to begin his journalism career in the Beehive State. He moved to Utah from Phoenix, Arizona, where he grew up.
As a multimedia journalist he is responsible for coming up with story ideas, producing, shooting and editing his own work, as well as setting up his own live shots and reporting live from the field, especially on breaking news situations. Aldo is highly trained in all aspects of the newsroom and takes pride in functioning as a “one-man band,” but also as a participating member of a team.
Aldo was born in Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico, and came to the United States when he was two years old. He is the first in his family to learn English, assimilate into American culture and graduate from an American university.
His love and passion for journalism began when he joined Yearbook club in high school. By his senior year he was the Editor-in-Chief. He also got his first taste of broadcast television as he anchored the school’s morning announcements.
During his time at Cronkite he was an anchor/reporter for Cronkite News, the school’s flagship program -a program that reaches over 1 million people daily. He was also a bilingual reporter for Cronkite News En Español that aired on Television, as well as a sports reporter for Sun Devils 101 that aired on FoxSportsAZ.
As a general assignment reporter in Salt Lake City he has covered a wide range of stories. From a tornado clean up in northern Utah, the first since 1999. The recovery efforts following the largest natural disaster in Utah’s history after a flood killed 13 women and children in the polygamist towns of Hildale, Utah/Colorado City Arizona. The high profile case of a Utah man imprisoned in a Venezuelan jail accused of being an American spy. As well as several breaking news and legislature stories, and high profile court cases. He has covered the LDS Church extensively which included a report on a security breach within the Church when private videos of the Church’s highest ranking officials leaked on-line. He has built strong relationships with Utah’s law enforcement and first responders community, the Hispanic community, and the LGBTQ community.
Aldo played a key role in earning Cronkite News the title of “Nations #1 Newscast,” by the Broadcast Education Association. In 2011, Aldo received an honorable mention in the Hard News Category at the BEA Student News Competition for his story on the Haitian amputee soccer team’s visit to Arizona to raise awareness about the nation’s struggle after the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the island country in 2010. In 2012, he received the Society of Professional Journalists 1st Place Mark of Excellence Award in Online News Reporting for his story about a region of the Arizona-Mexico border that defies common border town stereotypes. That same year, Aldo along with several other members of his news team placed in the Top 10 at the Hearst Journalism Awards in the Multimedia Team Reporting category for their special edition newscast, “24 Hours at the Border.” Since then he has been the recipient of several other awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.