Valeria Aponte graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with degree in Broadcast Journalism and Fine Arts with a minor in Spanish. She established herself as one of the leading voices of Syracuse’s student journalism.
Valeria was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is a great collaborator, a hard worker and, above all, is fueled by a relentless need to pursue the truth through sound storytelling. She has a passion for helping others and telling the stories of the voiceless.
She has been interested in communications since she was a little girl. Her parents were always surprised at her intense curiosity for wanting to know everything and asking too many questions. She always looked for every side of a story. Her dad blames himself for making her watch the 7 A.M. news every time Valeria and her brothers had breakfast before going to school.
In the tenth grade she discovered a passion for traveling and capturing these adventures through a photographic lens. In high school, she was President of the Photography Club and Chief Editor of the Yearbook. During her senior year she also served as President of the Drama Club, Vice-President of her Class and Leader of the Palmas del Mar Youth Committee. At graduation, she was the class Salutatorian and was selected by her teachers to receive the Leadership Award, which is given to only one student in the senior class, who shows the most initiative, character, service to the community, school pride, humility, charisma, and responsibility.
After graduating from high school she decided to pursue her passion for journalism by enrolling at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University and majoring in Broadcast Journalism. It was in her second semester of freshman year that she joined CitrusTV Noticias, one of the only student-run Spanish television news broadcasts in the country and the only Spanish news broadcast in Central New York. It focuses on providing viewers with detailed reports on the most important news affecting the Syracuse community and Latinos all around the world. CitrusTV Noticias allowed Valeria to earn hands-on experience in the television industry. There she started as a one-man-band reporter. Then she was promoted to anchor and producer. Throughout her college years she has also served as videographer, editor, and media editor. During her senior year, she became one of the Executive Producers.
She has interned two summers in a row at news stations in the Tri-State area: Univision 41 and NY1 Noticias. There she was able to learn a great deal of how news stations work in the #1 news market and what is expected from each person in the news room.
During the summer of 2011, she interned for Univision 41 in Teaneck, New Jersey. There she worked for the Consumer/Investigative Department, “41 A Tu Lado,” where she learned about problem-solving and researching. Throughout the summer she shadowed Emmy Award-winning reporter, Berenice Gartner.
In the spring of 2012, Valeria went to study abroad in Madrid. This opened her eyes to a different culture and lifestyle, which she fell madly in love with. There she was able to fulfill one of her childhood dreams: to intern for Hello! Magazine. As a child, Valeria was obsessed with pop culture news and she grew up reading Hello!’s sister magazine, ¡Hola!. Here she was able to explore a different area of the communications industry.
After returning from Madrid, Valeria went straight to New York City to intern for NY1 Noticias. In that internship she was able to get hands-on experience of what the news business is all about. NY1 treated interns as employees and push them to do their best.
Valeria just received her diploma from Syracuse and interning for YNN in Syracuse. She feels bittersweet that this journey came to an end but she is ready to start a new one. She feels confident and prepared thanks to all of her experiences for the past four years. She strongly believes that news people can make a difference in the world and is 100% sure that the news industry is where she wants to be for the rest of her life.