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2021 AL DÍA 40 Under Forty Honoree: Miguel Martinez-Valle

At the upcoming AL DÍA 40 Under Forty event on Aug. 27, Miguel Martinez-Valle will be one of the 40 honorees.

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The second annual AL DÍA 40 Under Forty event will serve to highlight and showcase some of the most diverse and impactful young professionals across the Philadelphia region.

At the event, taking place on August 27, 2021, Miguel Martinez-Valle will be one of the 40 honorees. Currently, he is a reporter for NBC10/Telemundo62.

Biography

Miguel Martinez-Valle is a bilingual reporter for NBC10 and Telemundo62. He joined NBC10 and Telemundo62 in December 2017. As a reporter, he’s had to cover difficult stories, including the tragic Las Vegas shooting in 2017 and the Parkland shooting in 2018. However, he has also been fortunate to travel for some historic celebrations, such as the 2018 Eagles Superbowl win and the celebrations that followed. Prior to joining NBC10, Miguel spent two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KVVU-TV in Las Vegas. Prior to this, he worked as a reporter at Univision Las Vegas / KINC-TV and as a reporter/anchor at HOM-TV, the government access television station in Okemos, Michigan. Martinez-Valle also has experience working in radio as a reporter and producer for WDBM-FM in East Lansing, Michigan.

Martinez-Valle earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and has been recognized with a Pacific Southwest Emmy® award for his coverage of the 2016 Presidential Debate in Las Vegas and most recently a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® for his work at Telemundo 62 in Philadelphia. 

Here are Miguel Martinez-Valle's responses: 
1. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your professional career?

My biggest challenge has also been my favorite part, reporting the news in both English and Spanish. At first it was difficult to find a job that would allow me to report on air in both languages. Now that I have it the challenge is perfecting my story telling in both languages.

2. What steps can be taken to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in your industry? Why is it important to do so?

I believe change and equity comes from the top. In order to tell diverse stories and have a diverse newsroom we need to have diverse leadership. As the current president for the Philadelphia Chapter of NAHJ newsroom diversity is crucial to me because I believe it results in more complete and nuanced story telling and benefits the community.

3. What does being a leader mean to you?

Leadership I believe is about motivating passions. Find out what gets your team members excited and lean into that! I think everyone performs better when they are personally invested in the outcome.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years I would like to either be reporting for a network or sitting behind the anchor desk.

It is important for me to continue growing in my career. I believe I can make a greater difference with a larger platform.

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