Anchoring World News Now with Alex Perez:
correspondent for ABC News and work primarily for NewsOne, the department that
provides content for all of the local ABC affiliates in the country, as well as
partner networks internationally," says Gonzalez.
Covering a blizzard in Cohasset, Massachusetts:
really is no typical day," says Gonzalez. "I love that
every day is different. I wake up every
morning not knowing what city I’ll fall asleep in that night. It’s really exciting."
Covering the 2010 Haiti earthquake from the National Palace:
day the earthquake hit, I took a bold and maybe not-so-wise move of jumping on
a plane with a camera but without permission from my bosses," says Gonzalez. "And while I would never recommend that other journalists dart off to a disaster
alone and without consent from his or her managers, I did learn that sometimes
you have to take bold chances to prove your capabilities."
Filming at a refugee camp after the 2010 Haiti earthquake:
"After returning [from Haiti] to some very unhappy bosses [in New York],
I was able to convince them to send me back three more times," Gonzalez says. "I think I proved that
I was capable of holding my own in a challenging environment, all while
shooting compelling video and telling impactful stories. I’m not sure that I would have gotten those [future] opportunities had I not taken the extreme chance that I did with that first trip."
Covering the deadly 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma:
"The careful approach needed to cover a story deemed a tragedy on a national or global scale is no different from covering a story of heartbreak for one individual family," says Gonzales. "You listen, speak sincerely, and do your best to capture the genuine emotion of whatever you’re covering."
Surveying tornado damage in Moore, Oklahoma:
"I’m always surprised by the people who want to talk to
us," Gonzalez says. "They want to talk in hopes that there can be a lesson in however their loved
one died. Perhaps they want help finding the person responsible, or they want to
share their love for the person who passed. I think it takes a lot of strength to share such personal
emotion, especially in front of a camera and a stranger."
"With so many of the major national television outlets beginning
to cover more celebrity news and stories that are 'catchy,' I think this
is the time that journalists really have to fight to keep journalism alive in this
medium," Gonzalez says. "Across the board, reporters are expected to do more with
less. So many are finding it difficult to find enough time to develop
sources and enterprise stories. I think
it is a threat to the future of television journalism."