- Maria Santana
- New York, NY, United States
- Maria Santana is a New York Correspondent for CNN en Español, a Turner Broadcasting Company. Before CNN en Español, Maria worked as the NY correspondent and Bureau Manager for SBS Broadcasting's Mega TV. She also worked as a producer and assignment editor for Telemundo WNJU in New York. Maria is a Graduate of Wesleyan University, and an Alumnus of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting program.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I must admit walking into the Time Warner Center this morning was a bit overwhleming. At Mega TV, I basically worked on my own. I was the assignment desk, producer, booker and reporter and besides my right hand man, my cameraman, Eric and another Techinical Director, we were Mega TV. Here, it is obvious that you are part of something bigger. There are hundreds of people, producers, studios, edit rooms etc, that work for all NY based CNN programs. One of the first people I ran into in the elevator was Eliot Spitzer, former NY Governor (remember him?) and now anchor of Parker Spitzer on CNN. Definitely a huge difference from my little basement office at Mega TV.
However, the excitement of being there, knowing that I am now part of one of the most prestigious news networks in the world, trumpted any nervousness or anxiousness that I was feeling. Beyond that, the CNN En Espanol team is still pretty small. We have a senior planning producer and another reporter who has been working as their only correpondent for 2 years, Adriana Hauser. I met both of them today and I am truly looking forward to joining their team!!! My cameraman, Eric is also making the move with me.. so now we are 4... a number I am more used to.
And, some other familiar faces will be joining me as well. Two of my former Mega TV colleagues, Fernando Del Rincon and Camilo Egana, have already made to move to CNN and I cannot wait to once again be on air with them.
I'm not quite sure what exactly I'll be doing on a day to day basis. That is what this week is all about, and I anticipate making a trip to Atlanta next week to meet with the rest of the team and management.
There are a lot of mixed feelings as I leave Mega - they gave me great experience, and I will miss them. But moving to CNN is such a great opportunity, a chance of a lifetime. Wish me luck, and I'll keep you all posted as things happen... and when you can catch my debut! Stay tuned!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
And there we were, among 250 thousand people who had traveled from every corner of this country to step out of the shadows and make their voices heard in demand of comprehensive immigration reform. This is by far the biggest event I have ever covered and on my way, I was so nervous that we had to stop a few times to make sure the butterflies in my stomach had settled. The significance of what was about to happen was not lost on my small crew and I just wanted to make sure that I did it justice.
Now, as I sit and look back at this experience, I can truly say that it has been one of the most significant in my short journalistic career. Not because of the reports I filed for my newscasts the next day, but because of the people that I met, the stories that I heard and the up close and personal look at the real consequences of this country's lack of a just immigration law.
And at the moment, I realized why it is that I decided to do what I do. Yes, I got the "big" interviews as we call them in the business- the politicians, Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson, and even a few big name celebrities who all decided to show their support for this cause. But more importantly, I was able to give a voice to the people themselves, the masses who came in buses, trains and a few who even walked across state lines to say "we are here, we work hard, so what are you going to do with us?" And their stories and struggles have stayed with me ever since. There was an overwhelming sense of hope and dignity that transcended mere politics- pretty powerful stuff for a reporter!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Here's an interesting one - The week just before Valentine's day gave us one of the biggest North East snow storms in years. So much so that the NY Metro Area was pretty much shut down.
For local news media this was a very busy day. All the major news organizations had their army covering the weather in various parts of the city and suburbs. I on the other hand, was able to cover it from my backyard.
As you may already know, our NY bureau doesn't have a live satellite truck yet, so we got creative and used Skype, a few lights, and a computer to get the news out to our audience in. I just love how technology is allowing smaller outfits like mine do much more than what we ever thought possible. Not bad, eh?