Carmen was born in Salinas, CA, and grew up in Lexington, Nebraska. She has had a passion for news from a young age. It started in middle school, where she had her own column in the school newspaper. She graduated from Lexington Senior High School, and decided to pursue her interest at the University of Nebraska – Kearney, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting and Spanish Interpretation-Translation.
During her time at UNK, she was a DJ for UNK’s radio station KLPR. She was also a reporter for the KFTW campus news and UNK’s Antelope Newspaper. After graduating from UNK, she began working for Charter Media, where she translated and did voice-overs for Spanish commercials.
Growing up, she would watch Univision for national Spanish news and NTV for local English news. She had noticed that there was a need for local Spanish broadcast news in Nebraska’s Latino community, and hoped to start the first televised Spanish News at NTV. She enjoyed how personable the reporters and anchors were, and dreamed of starting a career at NTV. She succeeded in March of 2012, when she became a part-time booking producer, and by the end of the year was a full-time employee. In February of 2014, she started anchoring and reporting for the NTV webcast News on the Go/Sus Noticias Al Instante, Good Morning Nebraska, and News at Noon. She also translates other reporters’ stories into Spanish for Noticias NTV on the NTV website.
When she isn’t working, Carmen enjoys listening and dancing to all types of music, but especially Latin music. She also reads mystery, inspirational, and motivational books. She loves soccer and will play whenever she has the chance to play with friends. She enjoys cooking and teaching others Mexican recipes.