Adi Guajardo developed a passion for journalism in middle school, and her love for storytelling flourished over the years.
A television class in 7th grade spiraled into a series of courses and clubs that contributed to her dream of becoming a journalist. She knew at a young age, she wanted to give a voice to people living in the shadows, shed light on injustices and hold people accountable for their actions.
Adi graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish. During her senior year in college, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she backpacked on her days off and met people from all walks of life. Her reporting
experience gave her insight into issues plaguing other countries. The trip overseas widened her horizon of what the world has to offer and kick started a desire to continue to explore and understand various cultures to become a well-rounded journalist.
Her career launched in Eugene, Oregon, at KEZI, an ABC affiliate, where she seized every opportunity to dig up stories and grow as a journalist. In San Antonio, Texas, she worked at KENS5, a CBS affiliate, diligently as a general assignment reporter who craved more and turned special and investigative reports. Adi's coverage includes stories that garnered national attention including the Sutherland Springs massacre, El Paso shooting, Umpqua Community College slaying, Austin Bombing, and Hurricane Irma.
Adi was born in Waukegan, IL. She is the daughter of parents born in a small town a couple of hours from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Her parents instilled a strong work ethic. Adi has worked nearly every job, including cooking up funnel cakes at Six Flags, selling shoes, selling jewelry, waitressing, bartending, and washing boats during the summer to make ends meet. Every jobs she’s worked and every hardship she’s encountered has taught her valuable lessons that allow her to connect with people.
She is an adrenaline junkie and easily scared, but she’s always up to try something new. Swimming with sharks and skydiving in New Zealand are at the top of her bucket list.
If you know of a great hike, have a favorite place to eat or a story idea, don't hesitate to reach out to Adi on Facebook, Twitter, or shoot her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.