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Local Television Personalities Featured in Upcoming MDC Journalism Speaker Series

Natalia Zea and Amara Sohn

Natalia Zea of CBS 4 and Amara Sohn of NBC 6

Miami, April 22, 2009 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Journalism Speaker Series, designed to bring students face-to-face with experienced journalists, will next feature two local television reporters, Natalia Zea  of CBS 4 and Amara Sohn of NBC 6. Zea and Sohn will talk with students on Tuesday, Apr. 28, at 11: 15 a.m. at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Avenue, Room 7128.

The Speaker Series was launched in February of 2008 to create an exchange and learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. Each program includes a presentation by the journalists and a 15-minute question and answer session. All programs are free and open to the public. 

Before arriving in Miami, Zea, a reporter and fill-in anchor for CBS 4, worked in Texas (San Antonio and El Paso). While in El Paso, she crossed the border into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico dozens of times to cover the heartbreaking stories of a string of serial rapes and murders of low-income women in that city. In San Antonio, she broke a story about faulty fire equipment that put firefighters and residents in danger for months.

Zea also covered Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a minor in Political Science

Sohn is the weekend evening anchor and a reporter for NBC 6.She has reported on a variety of major local and national stories including the 2008 Presidential election, the death of Anna Nicole Smith, the murder of former UM and Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor and Super Bowl XLI.

Born and raised in Orange County, CA, Sohn began her career in Palm Springs, CA. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a dual degree in political science and broadcast journalism.

Other journalists set to participate this year include WPLG Local 10’s Neki Mohan, Associated Press chief of bureau in New Orleans Mike McQueen, South Florida Sun-Sentinel sports writer, Ira Winderman, and El Nuevo Herald columnist Daniel Shoer Roth.

Below is a schedule of remaining Speaker Series sessions: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.
Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 7128
Natalia Zea: Reporter/anchor, CBS 4.
Amara Sohn: Reporter, NBC 6.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.
North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27 Ave., Room 4207
Neki Mohan: Reporter/anchor, WPLG Local 10.
Mike McQueen: Associated Press chief of bureau in New Orleans.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 1 p.m.
Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 7128
Ira Winderman: Miami Heat beat writer, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Monica Hatcher: Business reporter, The Miami Herald.
Daniel Shoer Roth: Columnist, El Nuevo Herald.

  • COST: Free

For more information about the speaker series, please contact Manolo Barco, adviser, at 305-237-3477 or 305-237-1255.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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