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Suzanne Marques

Reporter
KTTV-TV (Fox), Los Angeles, CA
Market Rank 2


Bio:

Suzanne Marques is a general assignment reporter for FOX 11 News.

Prior to coming to FOX 11, Suzanne was in Atlanta, Georgia at WXIA. She was awarded her first Emmy in 2005 for Team Coverage of the Barton Corbin Arrest. While in Atlanta, she formally adopted “y’all” as one of her favorite slang terms.

Suzanne has worked up and down California. She was on-air at KGET in Bakersfield.  She enjoyed learning about California’s heartland – from its ties to the Grapes of Wrath, to the history created by late civil rights leader
Cesar Chavez.

Suzanne’s first on-air job was at KIEM in Eureka, where she was a one-man-band. In other words, she shot, wrote, edited, and presented all of her stories – both as a reporter and anchor.

Suzanne’s first job in news was online.  As web producer at KNBC, she was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2000 for website content. She also received the 2000 and 2001 AP Awards for best website content in California/Nevada.

Suzanne is a native Southern Californian, and words can’t say how happy she is to be back home. She was born and raised in Downey, where she attended Downey High - go Vikings!  She’s also a proud Trojan; she graduated from the University of Southern California.

Born to a Mexican-Portuguese father and Scots-Irish and German mother, Suzanne values her rich heritage.  She is a member of The National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

When she’s not watching or reporting the news, Suzanne loves reading fiction, window-shopping, eating junk food, and spending time with her family and friends.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.

ATVN positions and duties:

Sometimes newswriter… if I can even take that title. I barely got my feet wet at ATVN, but it was the first time I set foot in a newsroom and I loved it!

How did ATVN prepare you for your current job?

It taught me the big difference between print and on-air writing… though some of my print-like scripts made it into ATVN newscasts! smile

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?

If you really want to be on-air, just go for it. Lots of people encouraged me to be a producer while I was in school, telling me there are so many unfilled producer jobs and so few on-air positions. In the end, go for your dream, not someone else’s idea of what it should be.

What are the top three skills college journalism students should be working on in order to be prepared for their first broadcasting job?

Get ready to move away from friends and family, because most jobs are not in Southern California. In the meantime practice writing. Learn from the pros. Everyone learns from experience, but mentors will open your mind so much more.

What is the most important thing a college journalist should know when he or she is trying to negotiate his or her first job?

When I was hired for my first news job as web producer at KNBC, I didn’t focus on the fact I was a new graduate. I focused on the strengths I learned at USC… the latest developments in online journalism, my knowledge of new programs and styles, I showed my boss I was up on the latest technology and would bring a fresh view to the job. I beat other people with much more experience than me. Plus, there’s always a little luck if you ask me.

What prepared you most for your current job?

Mentors and hard work.

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