Clara Benitez joined the KVAL News team in June 2017. Born and raised in San Diego, California where she left the beautiful beaches of Southern California to pursue her degree in Arizona.
She moved to Phoenix to attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
There she double minored in Meteorology and Transborder Studies focusing on the US-Mexican border, immigration and trans-national issues.
Clara was a bilingual borderlands reporter and producer for Cronkite News and Cronkite News en Español. A Daily 30-minute newscast which aired on Arizona PBS and Univision Arizona. There she reported on deported veterans living in Mexico, bio-metric technology at the San Diego-San Ysidro pedestrian crossing.
Her love for international stories continued where she reported in her mothers home town of Queretaro, Mexico. There she investigated the Mexican States universal health care system which has helped many poor communities living La Sierra Gorda maintain an excellent health compared to those living in the city.
She also was apart of the Cronkite Schools Opioid Project, Hooked 2 where she and other colleagues created a virtual reality/360 documentary.
Clara was the President of the Arizona State Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, NAHJ.
Clara held internships at KPNX-12 NEWS the NBC Affiliate in Phoenix, PHXTV the cities station and ALMA the Arizona Latino Media Association.
Clara is Mexican and Honduran, she loves spicy food, hiking, and listening to music.
If you have a story idea feel free to contact her.