A passionate, warm, and engaging journalist with strong social media skills, Monica Quintero mixes experience with flavor. She’s also an award winning journalist who’s been honored with three prestigious Edward R Murrow awards. Most recently serving as a Morning and Midday Anchor/MMJ at KXXV in Waco, Monica Anchored three hours a day, shot and edited reports and posted often on social media. She also served as the fill-in host on Central Texas Living, KXXV’s lifestyle show.
This year, she was honored with two Murrow Regional Awards – #MilitaryMatters – Excellence in Innovation; Feature Reporting – Behind the Boots – Be Our Change (her dream). Prior to this, Monica was a Main Anchor/Executive Producer for KIDY/FOX 15 in the San Angelo/Abilene news markets, Monica anchored four nightly newscasts, proofed scripts, and oversaw news content. A driving force behind reinvigorating the KIDY/Fox 15 social media campaign, and launching the new reporting segment #FitWithFOX #AmpedUp, Monica is also integral off camera. In 2017, she won another Murrow Regional Award for #FitWithFOX #AmpedUp – Excellence in Social Media.
When she is not busy rising to the challenge of serving as a fill-in producer, Monica dedicates her free time to community appearances and involvement, knowing that the good she is doing for her current city will have a lasting and positive impact on both the station and her heart.
Hailing from Spring, Texas, Monica’s southern charm and spicy Latin roots demand recognition. While working as a Main Anchor/Reporter in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Monica was the proud recipient of the “Excellence in Communications” Media Award, as well as had the honor of working as an Anchor on the award-winning football tailgate show Oklahoma News Tonight. Not all belts and buckles, Monica left the South from 2011 to 2015 for a Director of Marketing and Promotions position with Skyline Flower Growers in Nipomo, California. While working on the flower farm, Monica’s sunny disposition earned her Skyline’s prestigious “Extra Mile” award.
Always settling for more, Monica lives by the value of self-actualization, knowing achievement is dependent upon personal drive and goal setting. This striving is what pushed Monica to recently wrap up a Media Management and Leadership course through the University of Missouri with a perfect 100. The course consisted of writing a 25-page paper on “Social Media Engagement,” and posting to weekly discussion boards on the topic of station management. In 2015, Monica obtained a Social Media/Web Design & Programming Certification from OSC Computer Training. She was also sent to the country of Holland to shoot, produce, and serve as talent for a video series on the flower industry. While at Skyline Flower Growers, she also freelanced at local news stations as a Morning Weather Anchor. Monica gained further specialty experience as a MultiMedia Journalist in California, and a Traffic Anchor in Houston.
A proud Cougar fan, Monica earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television with a Minor in Marketing from the University of Houston, where she served as Student Body President, Varsity Head Cheerleader, and Chi Omega Sorority President.
When not working, Monica is either surrounded by friends who make her laugh, enjoying quality time with her excitable dogs, Chugs and Honey, or adding a new country to her extensive traveling list. Her semi-fluent Spanish and small knowledge of Dutch have come in handy in helping her to already check off the countries of Holland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, France, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, and Canada. Monica cites family, faith, and fitness as her inspiration and is making moves to promote these values through her new #BeOurChange campaign, which focuses on positive and inspirational messaging and storytelling.