South Florida Access: Journey of a Braid, young voters, and what to do in Miami (includes video story)

South Florida Access kicks off with Valeria Venturini and Monica Lebro in “The Hot Minute” discussing the surge of coronavirus cases in Florida and the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, which looks in poor shape entering the Big Apple.

Danié Gómez-Ortigoza is an influencer and artist who spoke to reporter Yuselys Solis about her platform, Journey of a Braid. For Gómez-Ortigoza, braiding hair goes way beyond styling it. Discover its deep meaning.

Reporter Paola Marcano spoke with South Floridians about the upcoming holidays. What end end-of-the-year activities will be affected?

What’s going on in Miami ’til the end of the year? Reporter Valeria Venturini describes doings at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Perez Art Museum and Zoo Miami.

Although the presidential election still isn’t officially over, local government positions have been filled. Miami’s young Republicans and Democrats still have a strong message to send. Reporter Andrea V. Gonzalez has the story.

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Monica is working on her broadcast journalism bachelor's degree. She loves to write and is passionate about sports, the art of interviewing and strives to become an on-air sports talent. She produces digital content and is a social media manager.

Brea Jones, rising FIU senior, has experience writing, videography/photography, interviewing, using Adobe Software and currently works as  Promotion and Recruitment Director for FIU Student Media. She has worked with several publications and published over 30 articles; to see her profile click

Julissa Mederos is a junior majoring in Digital Communications + Media at FIU. Apart from being an executive producer for SFA, she is also the sound engineer and webmaster for The Roar, FIU’s student radio station. 

Kevin Gonzalez is a broadcast media major at FIU. He is skilled in video editing and production, and his true passion is sports. He strives to create and host his own on-air sports show and podcast.

Cristina Feliciano is a broadcast media major at Florida International University. She is passionate about delivering the news and creating professional digital media content. She is experienced in field reporting on camera and editing news packages, but also loves to write.

Taknighis Beauvoir currently is pursuing a Mass Communications degree in Broadcast Journalism. She aspires to inform the general public about important topics around South Florida.

From Caracas, Venezuela Paola Marcano Bolívar is pursuing her degree in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications at FIU. She hopes to work for the entertainment and music industry, sharing impactful stories through different mediums. She loves to be creative, sing, dance and do graphic design.

Yuselys Solis is a broadcast journalism student minoring in psychology and marketing. She is passionate about latino issues, but hopes to one day be an entertainment on-air talent.

Valeria Venturini, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, is a Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Social Media Marketing and E-Analytics. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she has a deep passion for storytelling and wants to provide a voice for others. Venturini dreams of working at a news station delivering stories to her community, interviewing citizens, celebrities and political figures.

Andrea Gonzalez is a Venezuelan Broadcast Media student minoring in Social Media and E-Marketing. Since she can remember, she has always aspired to be in front of a television screen informing and entertaining people with news.

Shane Brown is a digital communication and media major with a strong passion for multimedia production. His goal is to establish a successful career in TV and film production.

Alejandra Garcia Elcoro is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Media and Journalism at Florida International University. With her passion and dedication, she will report vital stories that will leave an impact on her community.

Nicolle Capdevielle was born in Caracas, Venezuela and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Digital Communication and Media with a minor in Social Media and E-Marketing Analytics. She loves designing and creating written and digital content -- and is now mastering storytelling as well.

Ana Soler is majoring in journalism with a translation & interpretation certificate at Florida International University. She has a passion for writing and reporting in both English and Spanish. She is a lover of linguistics, pop culture, entertainment, traveling and learning about people of all walks of life.