Class of '92 LAS
As a news anchor for CLTV in Chicago, Francisco has reported on 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, but she finds the local, personal stories most fulfilling.
"I like to tell stories and I want to be out there for the greater good. The news really has an impact on people's lives."
How UIC contributed:
As a junior, Francisco took a Myers-Briggs personality assessment recommended by a career counselor. It pointed her toward teaching or communications. Teaching was out, and uncertain of what type of communications to consider, she interned for the City of Chicago's Public Information Officer, then an entertainment show for WMAQ-TV. She found her fit.
"Here I am, this college kid, working at Channel 5 in Chicago, coming up with segment ideas and booking guests. It was absolutely fabulous."
Michigan Association of Broadcasters News Special Merit Award and a second place award from the National Association of Black Journalists for the documentary "Idlewild," about a Northern Michigan town.
The Inner Circle food court.
"When you got out of class, that's where you hung out. It was great."