My pen is mightier than a sword.
music + community + culture + politrix
“To be an ethical bilingual multimedia journalist. To hold those with power accountable to the voiceless in order to bring restorative justice to our communities.”
Adaptive Leadership through Journalism
Dita Quiñones is a full-time single parent and an Emmy-winning bilingual journalist, who works in broadcast news, online and print. Dita is inspired to deliver leadership to local community efforts for working families experiencing financial hardships. She knows first-hand the challenges of balancing childcare and career while living in San Diego as a single parent to a young child.
Dita was born in Tijuana to a Mexican mother and Filipino father. She is the eldest with two younger brothers. She moved to the U.S. when she was 2 years old. Always curious and creative, Dita spent most of her free time taking photographs and typing away on stories. Dita was a gifted student and graduated from Mission Bay High School, where she was the yearbook’s chief photographer and a member of “Adelante Mujer.” Upon graduating high school, she attended Southwestern Community College where she received an A.A. in Photography Arts. Dita moved to Pasadena and graduated from Art Center College of Design with a bachelors in cinematography. During her college years, she served on the board for the Chroma/Contraste Black & Latino Student Union, where she was committed to bringing students together through community events. She later attended UCLA and San Diego City College furthering her studies in broadcast news.
Dita’s raw talent and connection to the hip-hop community helped land her assignments on major advertising campaigns and music lifestyle magazines in New York.
Dita is a two-time vice-president for the local chapter of National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
This year more than ever, she is motivated to build a better future for local working families and children through journalism.
D I T A Q U I Ñ O N E S
emmy-winning multimedia journalist
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Bilingual Story Producer | NBC 7 San Diego/Telemundo 20
March 2017 - Present
Produce “Politically Speaking” with Gene Cubbison.
Gather, write, video-edit, and assemble local news content for TV broadcast.
Streamlined the launch of Telemundo 20.
Reporter/Writer/Social Media Manager | NBC “SoundDiego”
Aug. 2012 – March 2017
First TV reporter/blogger dedicated to uncovering the best in alt-Latino entertainment.
Produce exclusive interviews with major music acts.
Writer, Reporter, Online Video Producer | Latina Magazine
July 2007 – June 2017
Launched Latina.com video channel.
Produce, shoot, edit exclusive content in politics, entertainment, health, beauty and celebrity news.
Responsible for writing 3 monthly features: “Comadres,” “My Latina Life,” and “Lip Service.”
ELECTRICMOYO.COM | NISSAN ALTIMA
BREAK THE GLASS IN CASE OF ADVENTURE | NISSAN PATHFINDER ARMADA
ALCHEMIST | WAX POETICS
MATTHEW (LP) KOOL KEITH | MILLION DOLLAR STORY (LP) CROOKED I
University of San Diego
RISE Urban Leadership Fellow, Gen V
RISE Diamond Leadership Initiative (DLI) Fellow
San Diego City College
Certificate of Achievement, Radio & Television Broadcast News
Art Center College of Design
B.F.A. Film (Director of Photography)
Southwestern Community College
A.A. Photography Arts
2019 “Going the Extra Mile” Employee Achievement
2018 Outstanding Achievement in Evening – Larger Market (NBC San Diego)
2017 Outstanding Achievement in Evening – Larger Market (Telemundo 20)
California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition
2017 Early Education and Childcare
English & Spanish bilingual | iNews | Drupal | RedDot | CMS | Final Cut Pro | Edius GrassValley | Photography | Audition | Pro Tools | Adobe CS | SocialFlow | Social Media | Graphic Design | Broadcast Newswriting | WordPress | Videography | On-Camera Reporter | Public Speaker | Music & Pop Culture Expert | Early Education & Childcare for Working Families Expert
Vice-President at National Association of Hispanic Journalists (San Diego/Tijuana)
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