Jolanie Martinez is originally from the Aloha state, Hawaii.
The Hawaii native is all about bringing the spirit of Aloha to the Valley. The culture of the RGV from the hospitality to the importance of family is what drew her to make the big move here.
In May 2017, Jolanie graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication along with a minor in criminal justice.
During her time at Arizona State, Jolanie was one of the first students to be part of Cronkite News L.A. and covered issues that connected SoCal and Arizona. In addition, she was a reporter for the Walter Cronkite’s entertainment segment, Cronkite Cut and an in-game host for the ASU Women’s Soccer Team.
On top of academics, Jolanie cheered on the sidelines for football and basketball as an ASU Spirit Leader (Go Devils!). Don’t be surprised if she says a cheer or two as she was a cheerleader for 15 years, but she hasn’t left the cheer scene yet as she now shares her experiences through coaching.
When she’s not chasing stories, she’s either at the mall hunting down bargains, exploring new eateries, experimenting in the kitchen or getting her workout in for the day.
Jolanie is passionate about using the power of storytelling to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. So if you have a story, feel free to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.