Inspiring Latina of the Week: Journalist Maria Eugenia Alcón

Maria Eugenia Alcón is the Deputy Editor of Born in Colombia, and raised for some of her life in Spain, Maria’s career began in 1997, where she was hired as a producer for CBS Telenoticias. From there, Maria worked as an Emmy Award-winning producer for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, where she covered heart-wrenching stories such as the Haiti Earthquake tragedy, and the saga of the Chilean miners. Maria has also worked as a field producer traveling across Latina America and the United States, reporting on various topics. 

In addition to her career as a producer, Maria has earned a Bachelors of Arts from New York University in Political Science and Journalism, where she graduated Cum Laude. We caught up Maria Eugenia Alcón, to discuss her thriving career, her favorite stories and pride for her Latina heritage.

What inspired you to work in the field of journalism as an editor and producer?

Since I was a teen I knew I wanted to be a journalist because I understood the power of communication and I wanted to have a ticket to history in the making.  I moved to New York City at 11-years-old without really knowing how to speak English and struggled at first to communicate with other students in all-American school.  I remember sitting in the school’s library by myself reading little children’s books to push myself to learn English faster while others played during recess.  I felt I didn’t have a voice and those first months felt like an eternity, so when I became fluent I felt liberated and understood how important is to communicate to feel like a part of a community. When I got to high school I joined the school newspaper and it was there where  I began my love affair with telling stories.

You work as the Deputy Editor for What fulfills you the most about your job?

I love being able to profile Latinos on our site who are doing amazing things, like a 30-year-old rocket scientist, or an undocumented immigrant who started his own non-profit and is helping young people get an education, or a boy who was adopted by gay parents and is fighting for marriage equality. I am excited to have NBCLatino lead the way in Hispanic news and be able to show the world that Latinos are proud, inspiring and accomplished.  Another aspect of my job that I find incredibly fulfilling is seeing my team flourish by getting their stories recognized by others too.