Featured Profile: Dalia Colón
Q: What was your first job at WUSF and what did you do for the station?
A: I worked as a multimedia reporter for HealthyState.org—now known as Health News Florida. I covered everything from bariatric surgery to football players’ head injuries to the connection between exercise and black women’s hairstyles. One of my favorite projects was a series of reports on young adults with Asperger’s syndrome, inspired by my friend Angela.
Q: How long ago was that?
A: I was in that role from 2010 to 2012.
Q: Are you still doing the same job, or something different?
A: The timing was perfect, because HealthyState.org was winding down around the time of my daughter’s due date. I took a few months to get a hang of this mommy thing, returning in July 2012 as a part-time reporter and producer. I create radio, video and web stories. I also contribute to the news room’s social media efforts, occasionally produce Florida Matters and work on fun projects like the 50th anniversary radio spots.
Q: If you had to select one program you’d like to keep on the air for the next 50 years, what would it be?
A: This American Life. Ira Glass has gotten me through many long drives and countless hours of household chores.
Q: When/how did you first learn about public radio?
A: My best friend’s mom, Sandy, used to drive us to school and she was always playing talk radio in her minivan. Looking back, it was definitely NPR. Two decades later, when my first national story about drug-addicted newborns aired on All Things Considered, Sandy emailed me from Cleveland to say she’d just heard my voice coming through her car radio. Talk about a full-circle moment.
Q: What is your earliest memory of WUSF? Were you a listener, a volunteer, did a friend tell you about it?
A: When I moved from Cleveland to St. Petersburg in 2005, I was delighted to discover I could still listen to Car Talk. I was a listener first, then an intern and now a proud staff member.
Q: Which public broadcasting personality would you like to invite to a dinner party? What’s the first question you’d ask him or her?
A: Terry Gross. I’d let her ask the questions.
Q: What makes you look forward to coming into work every day?
A: Learning, growing and getting paid to be nosy.