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WBRZ Anchor Rosa Flores Joins CNN

Rosa Flores is leaving Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ to be a correspondent and substitute anchor at CNN. She will be based in New York City.

“To be able to report for the premiere newsgathering operation in the world has been a dream ever since I covered my first story. I am honored and excited to be joining CNN and work with the best in our profession,” Flores said in a statement. “I look forward to being able to tell stories on a national level. I can’t wait to get started.”

Before joining WBRZ in 2012, Flores worked at WDSU in New Orleans, KHOU in Houston and KWTV in Oklahoma City. She starts at CNN in July.

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ROSA FLORES JOINS CNN

CNN has named Rosa Flores as correspondent it was announced today by Terence Burke, Vice President of Newsgathering for CNN/U.S.  She will start in July and will be based in New York City.

Said Burke, “Rosa is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in local television covering numerous breaking news and enterprise stories.  We are thrilled to have her join the CNN team.”

In addition to her role as correspondent Flores will serve as substitute anchor.

Throughout her career Flores covered a variety of national, state and local stories.  Before joining CNN, she anchored the late afternoon newscast at WBRZ, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge. Before moving to Louisiana’s capital city, Flores covered enterprise and breaking news stories at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Her reporting included extensive coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that, she reported for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“To be able to report for the premiere newsgathering operation in the world has been a dream ever since I covered my first story. I am honored and excited to be joining CNN and work with the best in our profession. I look forward to being able to tell stories on a national level. I can’t wait to get started,” said Flores.

Flores is the author of “Progreso,” a history book about her hometown on the Texas-Mexico border.  In 2012, RTDNA awarded her the Michele Clark Fellowship in memory of the CBS News correspondent who died tragically in a plane crash while on assignment.  Flores was also selected to participate in the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution and in the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental reporting oil spill seminars.

Flores is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). She also helped found the organization’s Oklahoma City chapter.

Flores is dedicated to community service work, making dozens of appearances at schools and before professional groups.  She created a motivational series of talks for teenage girls and is currently writing a children’s book.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and another Bachelor’s in business administration and a Master’s in accounting at the University of Texas at Austin.

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