CQS 25th Anniversary Tribute: Nereida Moreno

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Nereida Moreno (Summer 2015)
Metpro Reporter
Chicago Tribune

My greatest professional accomplishment has been contributing to award-winning coverage of the terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif., for the Southern California News Group.

I was driving to The Sun newsroom in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015, when my phone began buzzing. Two people had opened fire at the Inland Regional Center, killing 14 people and wounding 22 others.

It was my third week on the job.

As a lifelong San Bernardino resident, I was devastated. I didn’t have much time to process the situation, but I resolved to push through.

After confirming that my family was safe, I downloaded Periscope and began streaming live footage from the scene. I tweeted official information and interviews with witnesses. I corresponded with Facebook followers who requested updates. I did everything in my power to ensure our audience was informed. In the following weeks, I reported on blood drives, vigils and interfaith gatherings to honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the tragedy.

I am honored to be part of the team that earned a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a third-place National Headliner award for our coverage of the attack. The experience made me a better reporter, ready to tackle any obstacle that comes my way.

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