I was born and raised in South Florida but I’m definitely making my rounds in the Lone Star state.
My first job was in Laredo, where I reported during the week and produced on weekends. I then got the opportunity to anchor weekends in Abilene, so I said goodbye to the border and headed North. Now, I’m thrilled to be back down south, in a thriving, dynamic, and beautiful city! I’ve covered a wide range of stories, and I can honestly say, I’ve enjoyed each and every one. A day never goes by that I’m not grateful of how fortunate I am. I’m truly living my dream day in and day out. How many people can honestly say that?
I’m a proud graduate of the Florida State University in Tallahassee (Go Noles)! where I spent an amazing 4 years. I have an incredible family who has always supported me in everything I’ve ever set out to do. I was an only child until a little over two years ago. Now, I have a beautiful baby brother named Luca, who is the love of my life.
I’m looking forward to my time here in the Sun City and experiencing everything El Paso has to offer. Feel free to send me story ideas at Gina.Benitez@kfoxtv.com, I’m always looking to look into what YOU want to know!
Q & A
What year did you join KFOX?
What was you first TV appearance?
I anchored Seminole Showcase at FSU in 2010.
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Pembroke Pines, FL
What was your favorite TV show then?
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
I wanted to be an actress.
How might someone have described you in high school?
Outgoing, determined, goofy
What was your first job in television?
What do you like about your job?
Meeting different people on a daily basis, learning about so many different things instead of honing in on one particular skillset and being trusted to tell important (and sometimes very personal) stories.
What do you not like about your job?
Often seeing devastation and heartbreak firsthand and having to keep it together.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve never taken a journalism class. I was an English major in college.
What would be a perfect day for you?
Spending all of it with my little brother Luca, laying on the beach and a serious amount of excellent sushi (in no particular order!)
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
Be kind, work hard, and stay humble. Learn as much as you can about the business from anyone willing to help you. Intern, intern, intern – and ask questions! If you find out it’s really what you want to do, never stop working at it. You’ll get there!
Favorite FOX show:
So You Think You Can Dance
Favorite dream car:
I've never really been picky. I like the one I have now!
Sushi for sure, but being away from home for so long has really made me miss Cuban food!
Favorite El Paso place:
I haven't been here long enough to find out.
It’s a tie between Scarface and Grease
Favorite travel destination:
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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