A Full Plate
In 2004, the Ledger launched Visión Latina, a weekly Spanish newspaper designed to share information on news, business, and sports with the growing Hispanic population of Central Florida. Teresa served as a bilingual columnist for the paper from launch until 2010.
Although Visión Latina is no longer around, Teresa keeps its vision alive with ¡Viva Polk!, a Spanish community magazine where she serves as the Editor in Chief. ¡Viva Polk! features articles that cover local leaders, business, education, art, and culture. At the end of the day, their goal is to motivate spiritual and professional growth.
When she’s not working on the magazine, you might find her on radio or television – drawing upon the skills she picked up working with the Miss Universe contest.
“I got experience with the cameras because I did a lot in front of national television,” Teresa explained. “And at the same time I was doing radio.
When the county started PGTV, Teresa had the opportunity to host and produce Comunidad Viva, a Spanish talk show that aired daily between 2004 and 2012. Comunidad Viva also aired on LA X (1460 AM) and even Telemundo.
Nowadays, Teresa hosts Hablemos on WQXM (99.9 FM, 1460 AM) on Sundays at 9 AM and again at 10 PM. Here, she covers a variety of topics while speaking with the individuals in our community whose knowledge empowers us all.
Did we mention she’s also written a book?
“I do many different things, and people tell me I’m crazy,” said Teresa with a laugh. “But everything that I do is for the love of Spanish and my community.”
In “Success in Exile – Five Decades of Cuban Stories”, Teresa explores the fascinating history of Cuban exodus from the mouths of those that went through it themselves; including her family. The book inspired a documentary of the same name that further uncovers the struggles faced by these individuals on a political, social, and emotional level.