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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Bernadette Flores

Class of 2003, Bachelor's

Bernadette Flores joined the FOX23 News Team as a Daybreak reporter in August of 2010. She relocated from Texas where she worked as a reporter near the world’s largest military installation at Fort Hood, Texas. While at KWTX, Bernadette was one of a small handful of reporters on post during one of the worst massacres in U.S history. It was November 5, 2009, when an Army psychiatrist opened fire on Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding 30 others. She spent the day documenting the tragic events of that day including providing coverage for the BBC in London.

Before relocating to Texas, Bernadette lived and worked in California doing a number of investigative pieces for the FOX/CBS affiliate in Bakersfield, California.

She earned her B.A in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Cinema Television from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Go Trojans!!

Bernadette always knew she wanted to be a reporter. From the time she began reporting for her high school’s news program “Knight Vision,“ at J.M Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas. It was during high school that Bernadette was chosen to anchor a national program for Channel 1 Network’s Student Produced Week.

When she’s not working or trying to catch up on her sleep, Bernadette enjoys hanging out with her dog, a Pomeranian named Max or working out. 


What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:

Time management, stress coping mechanisms, poverty management.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Reporter / Writer / Anchor

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Be prepared your first job will likely have fewer resources than you’ve ever had in college. It’s up to you to succeed anyway.

What should graduates keep in mind when negotiating their first job?:

There are thousands waiting in line behind you if you don’t want it.

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