Perla López Baray began her journalism career in the Southwest while studying Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University. Her passion for journalism began at a young age in Mexico, her native country, where she entertained herself interviewing her family with her grandfather’s camcorder.
Even though Perla has been in the United States for several years, she has never forgotten her Hispanic roots and has always reflected a great interest in helping the Hispanic community. As a student at NMSU, Perla was awarded for her participation in the production, direction, and presentation of a Spanish News segment during the half hour of an English newscast. Her qualities caught the attention of KLUZ-TV, an Univision affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she worked as a reporter and fill-in.
For Perla, it was very difficult to leave her family and friends back in the Land of Enchantment, but the opportunity to be part of the only Spanish Edition in Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey brought her to Allentown, where she plans to promote education and the richness of the whole spectrum of the Hispanic culture in the region.
I read in an interview once that former President Obama’s third-grade teacher said he wrote in a class assignment that he wanted to be president. I always love a story that begins with the fact that someone already presented a desire for their calling as a child. Looks like Perla already knew her calling as well when she would play with her grandfather’s camcorder. I feel people that find their calling early in life are blessed but yet I understand that they also had to be strong minded and had to work super hard to maintain great focus and vision to stay on that path and follow their calling.