Emmy-award winning journalist and Miami native Christina Boomer Vazquez joined WPLG/Local 10 as a general assignment reporter in 2011. VIDEO: MEET CHRISTINA VAZQUEZ
She is Cuban-American, born and raised in Kendall. 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.
She also taught multimedia journalism at Arizona State University.
Arizona named her one of its top 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40.
In 2011 she was given her most important role, mother. Now Christina has returned home to raise her daughter with family and invest her experience into covering the community she loves so deeply!
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, AZ. She also exposed how detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit failed to investigate dozens of sex crimes cases.
In 2009 she was one of 40 North American journalists to be invited by the Mexican government to Mexico City to attend a conference exploring the issues facing Mexican migrant communities.
During the 2010-2011 academic school year Christina taught multimedia journalism as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
She was also an active volunteer with Catholic Charities’ Refugee Program where she taught English as a second language to Cuban refugees.
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, New Mexico.
In El Paso, Christina also seized the opportunity to report from Mexico, covering stories like the Mexican murder trial of a US Citizen in Juarez, the murder of an attorney representing a man linked to the dozens of missing Juarez women, and the violence that erupted in Palomas as a result of a drug cartel turf war.
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, an associate producer at KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles, and a freelance field producer for CNN's Los Angeles Bureau.
Christina has also worked at WPRI/WNAC in Providence, Rhode Island, 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 then studied under documentary filmmaker David Sutherland. Her first broadcasting job was as a freelance technician for CNN's Boston Bureau. She also interned with CNN's London Bureau.
Christina is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
When not working, she enjoys nature walks, running, reading and salsa dancing.
Serving the community, meeting great people, and telling their stories are what drive Christina's passion for the news business.