Renee Ortiz

I am a Colorado native, excited and ready to begin a new chapter of my life here in KELOLAND!

I have wanted to be a journalist since the young age of six. My parents gave me an old typewriter and from there my love for journalism grew into what it is today. I grew up watching my local news stations and I would hold hairbrushes and practice the news in the mirror. I attended University High where I was members of both yearbook and the newspaper. I then attended the University of Northern Colorado with my major in News and Multimedia with a minor in Art and Design. Throughout my college career I worked for local newspapers as well as my college broadcast station, Bear News. I received a scholarship from the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences because of my news stories reported at Bear News. I was invited to attend the Heartland Chapter News Emmy’s in 2018, where I got to meet anchors and reporters, I have been watching my whole life.

After graduating I moved onto working in broadcast in Denver at KDVR Fox31 and KWGN Channel 2 News as an editor. I worked with some of the best anchors and reporters in Colorado and learned so much about the world of broadcast media. While working there, I continued to pursue my true passion of becoming a reporter.

My journey to KELOLAND began in the summer of 2021. I came down for my birthday and fell in love with Sioux Falls. When I got back to Colorado, I saw an opening for a weekend reporter at KELO, and the rest is history.

My goal is as a journalist to be a storyteller. One of my professors once told me “As a journalist, you are meant to bring stories to the public, the good, the bad and the hard breaking news, it is up to us to do our jobs, because at the end of the day, we do what we do for the people.” When I am not working, I am exploring my new home, trying out new foods, going to events and taking in the beauty of South Dakota.

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