"Reach for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars."
This is the very motto Nicole Suarez was taught to live by as a young child. Along with the support of her family, this ambition is what motivated her to jump start her career by moving to Colombia at the age of eighteen, to stand up to be seen by more than 6 million people by age nineteen, and to land her first television job by age twenty.
Her breakthrough in the broadcast industry was through Nuestra Belleza Latina, Univision’s hit reality TV show, where she achieved her standing among the select trio of finalists. In the whirlwind six-months of competition, Nicole gained an international fan base, and repeatedly stood apart by demonstrating her facility with the Spanish language and her skills for on-air reporting.
After the competition, she returned to the Windy City where she had the opportunity to begin working at Univision Chicago as the host of Despierta Chicago, and to obtain her journalism and advertising degree from DePaul University. During her time at Univision, Nicole was Emmy nominated, along with her team, for the “Chevy Heroes” campaign that recognized local leaders for their work within the community.
Recognized as one of the “9 Women Who are Changing Chicago” by Michigan Avenue magazine, Suarez feels privileged to have the opportunity to work in the city she grew up in. Her passion for journalism has led Nicole to individually anchor a daily newscast on MundoFox and report for Hoy Noticias.
Suarez was most recently awarded an Emmy for her work on a series focused on the impacts of obesity on the latino community.
Today, Nicole Suarez’s talent and dedication have afforded her the support from her community and the journalistic field alike.
What motivates Nicole
A constant fear of not amounting to anything in life motivates me to push and reach my goals. I was raised to believe that we all have a purpose on this earth. Whether we choose to fulfill that, or not, is up to each and every one of us.
I work because I want to make an impact. I work because it's my passion! The creative process that goes into a story makes every day exciting. The adrenaline rush of being on live television is like no other feeling.
However, my main motivation is my family. As a child I saw how hard my parents worked to create a new life in the United States after leaving Colombia. They made sure my siblings and I had access to great education, and always had a roof over our heads. Today, I strive to make the most out of the opportunities they worked so hard to give me.
Advice from Nicole
Never stop learning.
My father always told me that education is something that can never be taken away from you. Even though I began working in television when I was 19, getting my degree was always a priority. Now I continue to take classes to perfect my craft.
My amazing mentor Erika Pino, weather anchor at Univision Chicago, reminds me that it's a highly competitive market. The difference between getting the job, or not, depends on how much you're willing to work and study for it.
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