NBC10 News anchor Lucy Bustamante, reporter Drew Smith and anchor Tracy Davidson with Tasty Talks’ host Realtor Michelle Leonard, NBC 10 reporter Miguel Martinez-Valle, and Yangming proprietor Michael Wei.
On Wednesday, November 20, Philly’s media stars gathered at Yangming to hear reporter Miguel Martinez-Valle deliver an inspired Tasty Talk. The host of the popular benefit series, Realtor Michelle Leonard, welcomed NBC’s Tracy Davidson and Lucy Bustamante along with writers, editors and publishers who came to support Mighty Writers El Futuro, the beneficiary of Miguel’s Talk. The non-profit collective leads free workshops across Philadelphia and Camden, where kids learn to write with clarity and passion in both Spanish and English.
After a lively photo session, hors d’oeuvres and lunch, the Emmy Award winning reporter shared the story of his rapid rise in broadcast news:
“I was born in northern Mexico. When I was five, my family moved to Tucson, which was bi-cultural and bi-lingual. I spoke Spanish at home and quickly learned English in school. I think my passion for wanting to positively represent minorities and immigrants really began here.
“I remember when I was in kindergarten, my mom, who is brilliant, was trying to teach me how to read English. The problem was, she didn’t know English. But she would listen, push me to sound out the words, and nod approvingly. Even back then, she knew it was vital for me to read and write in both languages.
“When we moved to Michigan, I got my start in broadcasting – reading the daily announcements over the school loudspeakers. I thought I was so cool reading the cafeteria menu. I was like, people know what’s going on because I tell them. Then in high school, I was our TV news anchor. I went through journalism classes so fast, they created an independent study just for me.
“While studying broadcast journalism at Michigan State, I was invited to the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Vegas, where a local station asked if I’d done any reporting in Spanish. I said no, but I spoke Spanish. They had me do a quick talk back with the anchors on camera, which turned into my first job after graduation. That was tough! Back then I was probably reading and writing Spanish at a 5th grade level. The job raised so many questions about whether I was good enough, I seriously considered quitting. Then, the Fox affiliate in Vegas reached out, looking for a Spanish-speaker to report in English.
“At Fox, I was being mentored by a friend in Philly, who helped me grow my voice and writing. I gained so much confidence that within two years, she promoted me for a new bi-lingual position here in Philadelphia, reporting in Spanish for Telemundo and in English for NBC10, their sister station. This was exactly what I always wanted to do. I remember my college teacher telling me, “You have to pick Spanish or English. You can’t do both.” But I always wanted to explore and represent two communities. Now my friends can watch me in English and my grandparents can understand me in Spanish.
“I moved here in December 2017, just before the Eagles won the Super Bowl. If you’re gonna move to Philly, that’s when to do it. Everyone was so happy. All I had to do was shout “Go Birds!” and people thought I lived my whole life here.
“I came to Philly scared out of my mind. Such a big market, so many legends, and me with so little experience. But I’ve learned one thing in my short career: few people ever feel 100% ready for the next step. But if you take the jump, you will grow into it. I’m blessed to be surrounded by people who want me to succeed. I’m very happy here.”
Join us Wednesday, January 29 to hear
CBS3 News Anchor Jessica Kartalija.
Tasty Talks will be on vacation for the holidays, but returns in January with an accomplished reporter who is deeply involved in the community.
Born and raised in San Diego, Jessica Kartalija joined Ukee Washington as co-anchor of CBS3 News in late 2018. A graduate of Penn State with a Master’s in Communications from Johns Hopkins University, Jessica has been a reporter in Yuma AZ, Albuquerque NM and at WJZ in Baltimore, where she covered the news for 13 years.
Jessica genuinely believes in “giving back.” She has worked with the Special Olympics, is part of the Women’s Initiative Network, and was named a Baltimore Rising Star from the Living Classrooms Foundation. She also received The Daily Record’s Leading Women Award, which celebrates professional accomplishment, community involvement, and commitment to inspiring change.
January’s Tasty Talk will support Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Jessica has selected Alex’s Lemonade Stand as her Tasty Talk charity. The foundation works to change the lives of children with cancer by funding research, raising awareness and helping families. ALSF has funded nearly 1,000 research projects in North America, and supports families through programs that make cutting-edge cancer treatments accessible to children.
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See photos from recent Tasty Talks:
- January 31, 2020
- November 25, 2019
- October 31, 2019
- September 27, 2019
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Jim Donovan, CBS3 anchor
Marilyn Russell, WOGL host
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Jim Donovan, CBS3 anchor
Marilyn Russell, WOGL host
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