Christina Gonzalez Wiki – Christina Gonzalez Biography
Christina Gonzalez is a news reporter for FOX 11 (KTTV) in Los Angeles. She has been with FOX 11 since 1990. She started her career in radio producing shows for WNWS in Miami, Florida. From there she hosted popular radio talk shows and anchored news updates for KVVA Radio in Phoenix, Arizona. Her television broadcasting career began in the mid-1980s as a general assignment reporter for KTVW also in Phoenix, Arizona. In the late 1980s, she anchored the 18:00 and 22:00 newscasts for Univision’s Los Angeles-affiliate, KMEX. As a fill-in anchor, she was regularly seen on the station’s 18:30 newscast. In 1990, on joining Fox, she became the first journalist from a Spanish-language station to successfully “cross over” to English-language TV news.
She spearheaded Fox 11’s On Our Toes programme in May 1991. This unique alternative ballet programme for at-risk teenagers was endorsed by the LA County Probation Department. Acknowledgement for her work with the dancers came from school districts and community agencies. An award for a half-hour special documenting On Our Toes was given by Women in Communications, with a 1993 Clarion Award for best public affairs programme, and another Los Angeles area Emmy nomination for arts and culture programming. Her reports on the violence at the US/Mexico border were nominated for additional Emmys in 1991. In 1994, she wrote, produced and anchored another special, California Aids Ride about the week-long, 850 kilometres fundraising cycling event. Her work received Golden Mike awards for best documentary, news videography, and videotape editing, and a regional Emmy Award nomination in 1995.
For live reports from the Burlington Apartments fire, she received a 1994 Golden Mike Award for Best Spot News Reporting, a local 1994 Emmy nomination, and the LA Press Club’s Above and Beyond Award for her life-saving efforts at the fire scene. In 1997, she wrote, produced, and anchored Through the Eyes of the Children: War in Bosnia, a half-hour news special about children living in the uneasy peace of Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia. Through the Eyes of the Children received the Golden Mike Award for best documentary and was a finalist for the Edward R. Murrow Award. In 1999, she went to refugee camps in southeast Sudan, to work with and document the relief efforts battling famine and civil war. That coverage earned her two Emmy nominations that year. Later that year she received another Golden Mike Award for her reporting on religious pilgrimages in Cuba and Haiti.
For her 2000 documentary work, she received two Los Angeles area Emmy Awards. “Black and Brown – When Colours Collide“, examined interracial tensions between teenagers. Another half-hour special, “LA Riots…From This Day Forward“, looked at changes since the deadliest urban riots in U.S. history, which Gonzalez herself covered for Fox 11, in 1992. In 2001, she received three more Emmy nominations for investigative reports on slave labour, health care abuses and features on horse training. In 2002, her undercover investigation and reporting on pyramid schemes led to the raid and prosecution of what LAPD officials allege to be the most extensive pyramid fraud in the history of Los Angeles. Light of Gold Pyramid Scheme was honoured at the 2002 Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Awards.
As an active community supporter, she is a frequent guest speaker, counselor to young people, and mentor for several schools and colleges. Her involvement has garnered recognition from several Southern California organizations and city governments, including the Los Angeles City Council, which cited her for her “extraordinary commitment and numerous contributions to serving the community”. The California State Assembly lauded her “effort for deserving women in the 34th Congressional District”. On 1 May 2007, she was involved in the immigration rally mêlée at MacArthur Park. She criticized LAPD constables after they pushed and struck her and several other members of the media during protests. She yelled, “You can’t do that! You cannot do that!” in response to the LAPD shoving her and her camerawoman Patricia Lynn Ballaz and telling them to leave the park. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office found that although the officers’ tactics may have been questionable there was not enough evidence to seek criminal proceedings against the constables. Together with other journalists would file civil lawsuits against both the LAPD and the city. On 4 February 2009 the LA city council voted to settle lawsuits resulting from the incident for $12.85 million. She graduated cum laude from the University of Miami.
Christina Gonzalez Age
She was born in New York, New York, USA, and grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and Miami, Florida.
Christina Gonzalez Husband
She was formerly married to radio talk show host Tom Leykis. After allegedly finding and investigating some hotel receipts, he discovered that she had cheated on him leading to their divorce. His current husband is a retired Southern California Police Constable. The couple lives in Los Angeles.
Christina Gonzalez Nationality
She is of American nationality.
Christina Gonzalez Twitter
She is on Instagram as @cgfox11.