Updated On: Nov 27 2012 11:01:28 AM EST
In October 2011, Emmy-award winning journalist and Miami native Christina Boomer Vazquez joined Local 10 as a general assignment reporter.
She is a Cuban-American, born and raised in Kendall. Christina is a graduate of Braddock High School where she co-anchored the school’s news station, WBHS. She was also co-captain of Braddock’s color guard team.
After earning a political science degree at Boston College, Christina began to pursue her passion for journalism. Her career has taken her to London, Boston, Rhode Island, California, Texas and Arizona. Along the way she picked up several awards to include two Emmys and the USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, a national award. Arizona named her one of its top 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40.
In June 2011 she was given her most important role, mother. Now Christina has decided to return home to raise her family and invest her experience into covering the community she loves so deeply! Christina is joined by her husband Mark, their feisty cat Buddy and Fahrenheit, a happy 75-pound lab-mix.
Christina moved to Miami from Phoenix, Ariz., where she worked as a reporter and multimedia journalist at KNXV, ABC15.
At ABC15, Christina broke new developments in the case of an 8-year-old boy accused of killing his father and another man in the rural town of St. Johns, Ariz. She also exposed how detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit failed to investigate dozens of sex crimes cases. Her dogged pursuit of transparency in state politics is what in part earned her the Walter Cronkite Award in 2011.
In 2010-2011 Christina taught multimedia journalism as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Christina came to Phoenix from KVIA-ABC7 in El Paso, Texas, where she covered the hot button issue of immigration from both sides of the border.
She won two Associated Press awards for her story "Behind the Border," which documented the impact human smuggling had on the farm community of Columbus, N.M.
Christina and photographer Max Benitez travelled to Louisiana to cover Hurricane Katrina as embedded reporters with the New Mexico National Guard.
Prior to working in El Paso, Christina spent time in Southern California as a reporter for KMIR in Palm Springs and an associate producer at KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles.
Christina has also worked at WPRI/WNAC in Providence, R.I., as a producer. She was part of a "team coverage" Emmy for her work as a field producer for WPRI's coverage of "The Station Nightclub Fire" in 2003.
Christina earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at Boston College. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
Serving the community, meeting great people, and telling their stories are what drive Christina's passion for the news business.
You might spot her at a Miami Dolphins game with her father, in the Keys fishing with her family, salsa dancing in South Beach or strolling the aisles of white tents at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
If you see her, say hello! Christina is happy to be home and excited to be part of Local 10's impressive news team. You can contact Christina here.