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Allison Ortiz

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What did you do before you were a Miner?

I spent more than eight years producing local news to sharpen my Miner skills. I worked at KSTP in Minneapolis for seven years, producing every show from the morning to the 11 p.m. at some point in time. I won a regional Emmy for Best Daytime Newscast for breaking news coverage the day the Ford Motor Company announced it was closing its St. Paul plant. I began my career as a producer at WREX in Rockford, Illinois.

What do most people not understand about the news?

No news is not good news. A slow news day can be even harder than a breaking news day, which creates plenty of opportunities for businesses and individuals to share their messages in the news media.

What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

“I wish you wouldn’t worry. Let it be.” That’s a line from Brad Paisley’s “Letter to Me.” The song is full of insightful lyrics. Give it a listen when you have time.

What is your favorite quote?

+ “What’s living if you never pull your shorts down and slide on the ice?” – Louis Stevens, Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens”

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?

The happiest place on earth: Disney World!

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