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Cronkite Mentorship Program

The Cronkite Mentorship Program for freshmen is designed to quickly connect first-year students to the media profession.

Through these initial contacts with talented and highly successful professionals, students will be exposed to the operations of a specific company, meet industry professionals and start to grow their network of contacts.

You can download a PDF with testimonials from all the participants in the Cronkite mentorship program.

Erica Rodriguez and Angela Gonzales, Phoenix Business Journal
Erica Rodriguez

Erica Rodriguez
Angela Gonzales

Angela Gonzales
 
“My mentor, Angela Gonzales of the Phoenix Business Journal, has been incredibly helpful and an immense inspiration during my journalism journey. Our time together is always a pleasant experience with her advising me on how to be successful in the business.

She has answered my numerous questions through her own personal experiences as an accomplished journalist. From her times in college, where journalism wasn’t even a career aspiration, to her recent works with biotech companies and health care issues, I have learned a lot. One thing that I have enjoyed is that I have found a friend in Angela and I hope to continue our friendship for many years to come.”

— Erica Rodriguez

Lauren Guidas and Catherine Anaya, CBS 5
Lauren Guidas

Lauren Guidas
Catherine Anaya

Catherine Anaya
 
“My mentor was Catherine Anaya from CBS Channel 5 news. I visited Catherine at the station several times and was able to watch her in action. Her ease in front of a camera was inspiring, and her energy behind the scenes was infectious. She told me stories about her entry into the field and gave me tips on how to follow my dreams. I hoped that this program would reinforce my dream to become a network anchor, but I never imagined it would do that and so much more. Catherine was a great inspiration, and I hope she and I remain friends!”

— Lauren Guidas

Rachel Jimenez and Elvira Espinoza, La Voz
Rachel Jimenez

Rachel Jimenez
Elvira Espinoza

Elvira Espinoza
 
“My mentor is great. She gave me the opportunity to participate in the Hispanic Women’s luncheon and the Walter Cronkite luncheon. She knows a lot of people, and I am grateful that she is my mentor.”

— Rachel Jimenez

Salvador Rodriguez and Paul Coro, The Arizona Republic
Salvador Rodriguez

Salvador Rodriguez
Paul Coro

Paul Coro
 
“Paul Coro is an excellent mentor. While he can get pretty busy writing about the Suns for The Arizona Republic, he has still taken time out of his life to answer e-mails and give me tips on how to become a better journalist. When we met Paul gave me a tour of The Republic and it was something I’ll never forget. Being in that building just felt right and I really appreciate Paul taking me in there and showing me around. Not every kid gets to say he’s seen the board room of all the top honchos at a newspaper as well as know the guy who covers the local basketball team.”

— Salvador Rodriguez