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Rosa Flores is a television journalist who has contributed news reports at the national, state and local levels. Presently she covers enterprise and breaking news stories at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is also the author of Progreso, a history book about her hometown. She is currently working on several fiction books, including a young adult novel. In 2005, she joined KWTV in Oklahoma City and Flores covered breaking news stories from the ground and even from the air on a helicopter. Covering weather in tornado alley gave Flores tremendous exposure and her reports have appeared on CNN, The Weather Channel and CBS National Radio. Less than three years later, she joined KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas.
In 2008, Flores created a motivational talk show for teenage girls and her inspirational message touched the lives of teens across Texas and Oklahoma. One of her shows empowered students to conduct a food drive, gather about 1,000 pounds of food and deliver the items gathered to indigent Oklahoma families. She has also made dozens of public appearances at schools, juvenile centers, churches and professional groups.
Flores completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a Bachelor’s in broadcast journalism, a Bachelor’s in business administration and a Masters in accounting. She worked for the accounting firm KPMG for two years and received the firm's National Award for Community Service.
In 2011, Flores was selected to participate in the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution and for the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting Oil Spill Seminar.
Flores was selected to participate in the 14th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography later this year. The program will focus on sea level rise, hypoxia, emerging contaminants, and fisheries impacts, as well as developing a facility with environmental science tools for reporting.
For eight years now, Flores has organized and delivered thousands of pounds of food to communities in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. Larry Jones, the founder of Feed the Children, donated 34,000 pounds of food to the project in 2005 and 2006.
Flores is also an avid photographer. She documents her travels with pictures and is working on several abstract photo essays, including a compilation of Louisiana sunrises.
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