Posted: Aug 31, 2012 9:17 AM
Updated: Nov 26, 2012 4:35 PM
KRGV is focusing on one of our own and he's made a difference here at Channel 5. Emmanuel Marquez is a go getter.
He landed a job here at Channel 5 just over a year ago as a video news editor, but his success didn't happen overnight.
This former GEAR UP student earned his bachelors of science in film degree from Full Sail University in Florida.
Manny as we like to call him, says GEAR UP gave him a head start from the get go. He is part of the first group of GEAR UP students dating back to the year 2000. He graduated from PSJA Memorial High School in 2006 with 30 plus college hours under his belt, courtesy of GEAR UP.
He recalls what it was like back in 8th grade when he visited UTPA as part of the GEAR UP college readiness program.
"It was kind of a good experience because we got to stay in the dorms during the summer so it was like a fresh new experience into college and as a young middle schooler, it was wow something exciting something big."
Manny says GEAR UP facilitators wasted no time in teaching him how to apply for college.
"It wasn't until further on in high school, junior and senior year, where they started informing us about starting to get prepared for college, what you need, how to advance. And that's when I started taking advantage of taking college courses when I was in high school."
He spends his days working directly with reporters like Farrah Fazal.
His supervisor Paul Aguayo says Manny is amazing.
"Manny is a great guy. He is very dedicated. He is loyal. He has a bunch of great ideas that help him get his job done because it's very creative based editing in the news and trying to get all the stories in."
TV news has suddenly become a passion for Manny.
"Even with news, I thought it was going to be something that I was going that way, I enjoy it. It's becoming a new passion of mine. It's all great as long as I love what I'm doing, I think it's great."
His talents have even taken him to the national level.
"I have done some freelance work and one of the things I've worked is the X Factor, the singing competition show. I did get to work on it last year in Dallas auditions and I got to be a production assistant. It was a good experience."
Manny plans to pursue his masters degree in new media journalism and to think it all started with GEAR UP back in middle school.