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ALUMNI news MDC alumni consistently rise to the top of their industries in all fields, including the fast-paced world of journalism. Here are just a few examples of outstanding graduates dominating the print and broadcast businesses. MAKING HEADLINES OF THEIR OWN Webley, who was born and raised in Jamaica, came directly to MDC as a 17-year-old. “Because of political turmoil, my parents moved the family to America,” he said. “For me, Kendall Campus was the perfect place to transi-tion from another country to the U.S. It was the smartest move my parents ever made.” Focusing his studies on business, Webley grad-uated from MDC with an associate degree and made the dean’s list several times. Just as impor-tant, he left MDC with many lasting friendships. When he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree, he said he missed the “flavor” of MDC, where he experienced Miami’s magical melting pot. “At that time, Miami schools had only been desegregated for seven years,” Webley said. “At MDC, we had black Americans, Hispanics who were first-generation in this country and Jamai-cans – all trying to find their way in this new cul-ture, this new reality.” A quarter-century later, Webley’s monthly mag-azine, which focuses on Caribbean news and entertainment, is going strong, and Webley cred-its MDC for encouraging him to take chances and seize every opportunity: “The professors there were warm, nurturing and inclusive. They helped create this wonderful future.” Myriam Márquez Encouraged to Spread Her Wings Miami Dade College alumna Myriam Márquez was recently named executive editor of El Nuevo Herald , which boasts the nation’s largest daily circulation for a Spanish-language newspaper. Márquez said MDC is a big part of her success, especially since it was one of the College’s profes-sors who pointed her toward attending the Uni-versity of Maryland after MDC. “He saw that I loved politics and thought I would enjoy being in that environment” in the Washington, D.C.-area, Márquez said. “It was a great idea.” After completing her degree there, she got a job working for UPI in the Washington bureau, where at first she served as a copy clerk for famed White House reporter Helen Thomas. A month later, Márquez was promoted to general assignment reporter, covering – among other things – Jesse Jackson’s first presidential campaign. She ultimately returned to Florida, first working at The Orlando Sentinel , where she remained for 18 years in various capacities, including on the editorial board, and then at the Miami Herald . No matter what she accomplishes, however, she is still grateful to the College. “Miami Dade gave me an opportunity,” she said. “For the daughter of Cuban exiles, it was an affordable and quality education that set me up for success.” Peter Webley Belkys Nerey Making a Difference in Her Hometown A perfect example of how Miami Dade College can help a student find a fulfilling career is as close as your television, iPad, cellphone or any-where else you watch your local news. Belkys Nerey , a graduate of MDC’s North Campus, is the main anchor of WSVN-TV 7 and a huge advocate of the College. “I knew I was interested in journalism, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to focus on newspapers, radio or TV,” Nerey said. “MDC helped me fine-tune what I wanted to do, which was to become a broadcast journalist.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in commu-nications, Nerey soon landed a job at Dynamic MDC’s Warm Embrace Peter Webley , the publisher of Caribbean Today , is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his news magazine – and it may never have hap-pened without MDC. Cablevision, where she did everything from shooting video to writing, editing and producing her own stories – in English and Spanish. Nerey briefly left Miami to work for the ABC affil-iate in Connecticut for two years. She returned to Miami in 1994, when she was hired by Channel 7 as a general assignment reporter before becom-ing the main news anchor in 2003. “There’s nothing better than doing what I do in my hometown, and Miami Dade College is a big part of helping me make that happen,” Nerey said. “MDC is a great place in our community, helping so many people who need guidance or come from a different country dreaming of a bet-ter life. The College gives people that chance.” – WV MDC has instilled a passion for the news business in many outstanding journalists, including: Michael Bulnes , President, Selecta Magazine Ilia Calderón , National News Anchor, Univision Johnny Díaz , Media Writer, Sun Sentinel Jay Ducassi , Metro Editor, Miami Herald Antonio Fins , Editorial Page Editor, Sun Sentinel Lisette García , Founder, FOIA Resource Center; Former Editor/Reporter, Miami Herald and Kansas City Star Manny García , Executive Editor, Naples Daily News Rick Jervis , Gulf Coast Correspondent, USA Today Lisett Mari , Anchor and Reporter, Telemundo 51 Mirta Ojito , Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist formerly with The New York Times Gloria Ordaz , Weekend News Anchor, Univision 23 Steve Rothaus , Columnist, Miami Herald Eliott Rodríguez , News Anchor, CBS4 On Top of the News Sandra Peebles , News Anchor/Reporter, Univision 23 Marybel Rodríguez , News Reporter and Anchor, CBS4 Teresa Rodríguez , Anchor and Correspondent, Aquí y ahora , Univision Javier Romero , Host, Univision Radio María Elvira Salazar , Maria Elvira show, CNN Latino Tony Segreto , Anchor (Retired), WTVJ-NBC 6 Helga Silva , Vice President of News and Content, Telemundo 51 Ana Veciana-Suárez , Columnist, Miami Herald Dave Wilson , Senior Editor, Miami Herald MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum February 2014 • Volume 18 • Number 1 Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send emails to Communications Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C . Mendieta Marketing Communications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr . Brenda Krebs Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary Graphic Designers . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Catalina Figueras, Grizelle Paz, Shari Robbins Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jessica Giraldo, Hector Pino, Walter Villa Photographers . . . . . . Jimmy Abraham, Cristian Lazzari, Carlos Llano, Deborah Rodríguez González, Stephanie Rodríguez Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit

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