Zoraida says that five years ago she was working for a public television station in Chicago, creating English and Spanish parenting programs for a national audience. When her on-air work garnered her a few local Emmy awards, Zoraida says she contacted an agent to seek out more opportunities in television. "I walked in … and she looked at my tape and said, 'I have just the person I want to show this to,'" Zoraida says. "And she went and showed it to the general manager [of NBC5 Chicago] … and he hired me on the spot basically."
As Zoraida took over the weekend morning anchor desk, she says she got a crash course on television news reporting. "It was a lot to learn—it was a very complex environment to work in because I had not had that training that happens in smaller markets," she says. Within a short amount of time Zoraida says she got the hang of reporting and anchoring. "If you have the desire to do something—if you have a passion for something—you are going to do it, you are going to do it to the best of your ability, and I think more often than not you are going to succeed," she says.
Now Zoraida is not only anchoring the news, but raising a 4- and an 8-year-old with her husband. Zoraida says it is possible to be a working mom and a good mom. "That balance people talk about, it is really individual," she says. "It is about what works for you and your lifestyle."