Barbara Medina is a an award-winning communications professional in San Diego, CA, with almost a decade of experience in television reporting, producing, writing and presenting a variety of stories on multiple platforms, including a daily newscast, Websites and social media.
Barbara was born and raised in San Diego, California. From a young age she was interested in the media and communication as well as learning different languages, since she is already bilingual in English and Spanish.
With those interests in mind, she received a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and French from San Diego State University.
During her college career, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, France and she was a reporter for the school newspaper “The Daily Aztec,” in which one of her stories was recognized with the “La Pluma” Award from the California Chicano News Media Association.
It was just before she graduated from SDSU in 2007 when her career as a news reporter took off, thanks to an internship that turned into a full-time reporter position with Univision San Diego. Since then, she has covered a variety of top news stories, including the wildfires of 2007, immigration, health and education. Some of her stories have also been featured nationally on the Univision network as well as internationally on Telemundo 33 San Diego/Tijuana.
In 2011, Barbara received the prestigious Emmy Award from the NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter, for best education story for her work in “Niños Malos,” which investigates the impact of “cyber-bullying” and how local schools are dealing with this growing problem.
From 2012 to 2014, Barbara produced and presented a weekly segment about technology trends, Internet and social media news on two local Spanish networks, “Blog 33” on Telemundo 33 and “UniBlog” on Univision San Diego.
Barbara played a unique role at Univision San Diego and Telemundo 33, as she was also responsible for managing both newscasts’ presence on social media and publishing daily news content on both networks’ Websites.
As Interactive Web Producer she developed and managed a strategic social media plan with the news staff for both local networks to help promote the newscasts, Web pages and interaction between talent and audience.
Due to her passion for learning more and finding new challenges, Barbara received a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communications in 2014. Shortly after earning her M.A., she had the opportunity to transition into an important role in public affairs, in which she also produces, films and edits news videos for one of the top law enforcement agencies in San Diego County.
During her free time she likes to give back to her community and for four years she was a mentor for the “Hermanitas” program of MANA San Diego, which focuses on mentoring and motivating Latina girls to pursue a higher education. Her Hermanita, Berenice, graduated from high school in 2013 and is now working on a Bachelor’s degree at a local university. Barbara also participates in the Annual Adelante Mujer Conference as a workshop presenter to motivate young hispanic girls to pursue a higher education and to talk about her career in communications.