Oralia Ortega joined the CBS4 News team in September of 2014. The Emmy award-winning journalist has more than a decade of experience as a reporter and anchor in cities throughout the country, but she’s especially pleased to be back reporting in her hometown of Miami.
Oralia has covered a wide array of stories in her 12 years as a reporter, from hurricanes to border issues to features. Prior to joining CBS4 News, she was a general assignment reporter and weekend morning anchor for two years at KPNX-TV in Phoenix. During her time in the Sonoran Desert, she covered stories that made national headlines, including the Jodi Arias murder trial and the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Oralia also spent three years as the main anchor at KTSM-TV in El Paso at the height of the drug cartel-related violence that gripped Juarez, El Paso’s sister city. The violence had a widespread effect on the Borderland, and Oralia highlighted some of those issues through the station’s special reports. She was also heavily involved with various community organizations, such as Susan G. Komen, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes and the Junior League of El Paso, to name a few.
Oralia started her broadcasting career in Missoula, MT, where she was a morning/noon anchor and producer. Her career then took her to Tyler, TX, where she was the weekend anchor. She also worked at WSVN as a freelance reporter.
Oralia’s family left Nicaragua when she was three years old. They lived in Costa Rica and Panama, before settling in Miami when she was 10 years old. Oralia attended Florida International University and worked as a writer for a local television station after graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and weekend trips, and exploring Florida with her husband.
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