Monica Quintero is an award-winning journalist who’s been honored with six prestigious Edward R Murrow regional awards in the past five years. This year, she received the Murrow for Hard News: Forgiving a Mass Shooter. Monica also won two Silver Telly awards for Be Our Change – West Texas Strong and Beyond Borders documentaries. In addition, she was accepted to the Journalist Law School fellowship program through Loyola Law School.
Last year, Monica was named runner-up for the Diamond Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists for her region. She and her Co-Host, David Wagner, received the Murrow Regional Award for the News Documentary, “Beyond Borders,” which also won numerous other awards. They include the 2020 RIAS Fellow Award (TV). A panel of international journalists selected the winners and recognized the best contributions of transatlantic broadcast journalism. They received first for Television: Documentary/Investigative Reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists and second place for Documentary/Magazine or Special by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
Currently, she is the Evening Anchor for KPEJ FOX 24 News. She also can wear many hats and reports produces and serves as a weathercaster when needed. In the fall of 2019, she was one of ten journalists chosen for the RIAS Berlin Commission journalism fellowship. The fellowship allowed Monica to spend two weeks in Germany and Belgium meeting with top leaders at places such as the EU, NATO, and the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. She along with her colleague at a sister station, shot, wrote, edited, and served as a host for a 30-minute documentary produced there, and developed an in-depth digital plan for the project which included 360-degree views and Augmented Reality.
In 2019, she earned a Murrow Regional Award – Honoring our Veterans – Excellence in Innovation. In 2018, she was honored with two Murrow Regional Awards – #MilitaryMatters – Excellence in Innovation; Feature Reporting – Behind the Boots – Be Our Change (her dream). In 2017, she won another Murrow Regional Award for #FitWithFOX #AmpedUp – Excellence in Social Media.
She also believes giving back to her community is critical. Monica is the Vice President of the Midland Chi Omega Alumnae Association, an Odessa Rotary Club member, involved with West Texas Gifts of Hope, and has served as an emcee for numerous local fundraisers.
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 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.