Adriana Arce ‘01
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Adriana Arce ‘01

“I know two languages, two cultures,
and when people comment that Laredo is a closed-minded community,
I’m the first to say it’s quite the opposite.”

Adriana Arce ‘01

Adriana Arce ‘01, BBA

As Adriana Arce’s career developed from newspaper to television, she has learned that being from Laredo has given her a unique perspective on many of the issues about which she reports. She sees first-hand the people who struggle and work to get a little piece of the American dream. Many are illegal immigrants, some even criminals, but “most are just like you and me... working hard to make a life a little better than our parents who struggled before us.”

A graduate of TAMIU, she did not pursue a degree in journalism. At one point she believed that not leaving Laredo after graduating from college was a mistake. She now realizes that remaining in her native city has given her opportunities she may have been denied somewhere else. That attitude, coupled with her mother’s encouragement, has placed her in a position doing what she loves.

Now a television reporter, she says, “Telling the stories of the people here on our border, exposing our problems and trying to find solutions to them is what I enjoy. If with my work I can make just a small contribution to this Hispanic community...then I think I’ve done my job.”

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