Claudette Enriquez

Producer, WYMT
Hazard, Ky.

I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I initially majored in microbiology and wanted to pursue a career in medicine. After working as a lab researcher, I realized I was unsatisfied with my work goals and grew a passion for broadcasting.

A life changing opportunity came my way when a friend of mine got into medical school and asked if I wanted to move across country to Kentucky – and I said yes! Luckily for me, the University of Pikeville accepted me with arms wide open and I decided to get a second degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism.

It was still unclear to me what kind of career I wanted to have in broadcasting, until I was offered a scholarship to attend a two-week seminar in Washington D.C. That experience alone landed me an internship opportunity with none other than C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network). The impact of my internship defined and transformed my career journey and professional development. Being allowed to work behind-the-scenes further confirmed that I wanted to become a news producer where I can utilize my skills and be happy doing it.

Moving to Kentucky opened more doors and provided numerous possibilities for this California girl. I am both eager and excited to work with WYMT for the beginning of my career and cannot wait to make memories with this mountain family and community.

During my free time I enjoy long distance running (my biggest pride being that I won first place female age 25-29 for the Hatfield McCoy Blackberry Mountain Half Marathon). I also enjoy baking pastries, singing out load for all my neighbors to hear, and reading to my cat Apollo.

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