Texas to Denver, Telemundo To KMTV 3 News Now: The Journey To Finding A Voice:
Maya has had quite the journey beginning her career as a journalist in Denver then transferring to Omaha, where they only person she knew was her soon-to-be employer. Talk about a change ! But what possesses someone to move to an entirely new place with no friends and family without having a reason to leave your current station? How about a need? …A passion….
Since coming to Omaha, Maya has be recognized BY the community as the voice of the latino population, giving them a public voice, being a resource for services as well as bridging the barrier between the communities of two languages. But how did all this come about? How did she find her voice?
” You realize you have a platform and that people are listening to what you’re saying, or to what you’re covering and then from there you kind of go into every single day after that realizing someone’s gonna watch the story and this is gonna touch someone in a way that they hadn’t thought before. And so I think for me, it’s been a level of confidence and realizing that my stories whether they touch me sometimes it’ll be the stories that, they touch in a way that I never realized. I think I just kind of realized that my voice and my storytelling will affect at least
one person and I think for me that just kind of gave me a new level of confidence that my work matters, and therefore my voice matters.”
With her father being deported as a child, Maya still believes that a major factor to what was ultimately a lack of resources, was the all-too-common disconnect between the English and Spanish speaking communities. Her goal now is to bridge this gap between the dominant english speaking community to aid and provide for an entire community of under represented and often mistaken human beings. Check out the full interview in the episode above, and don’t forget to send feedback to Maya via Facebook, she loves to hear from us.