Dixie Mendoza
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  • Homewood, IL
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About me
Bilingual Journalist, Costa Rican lawyer, but mostly a very proud “guanacasteca”. Although she was born in San Jose, she spent her childhood and youth in Santa Ana de Belén, Carrillo, a rural and very poor town in Guanacaste.
As many Costa Ricans do, she moved to the capital city, San José, to pursue her college education; but she never imagined she would end up in the United States.

Dixie has worked as a journalist for over 10 years, in a variety of roles with increased responsibility. She has experience in reporting, writing and editing in both English and Spanish as well as in directing and supervising people involved in news coverage.

In the United States, she has worked as a freelancer for Telemundo Chicago (the Spanish TV Station of NBC), CNN En Español Radio,Hispanic Information & Telecomunications Network and Chicago Tribune Spanish publications Hoy and Padres, among others.

In Costa Rica, she worked for La Nación, the largest Costa Rican newspaper. There, she served as a reporter, co-editor and news editor. During this time, she had experience with a vast array of stories, but she was mostly known for covering the legal, constitutional and judicial issues of the country.
What is your current career title or dream job?
Journalist/ translator/ Costa Rican attorney
First class journalist with 10+ years of experience in reporting, writing, coordinating and editing of a wide variety of stories including politics, legal, education, and international among others.
Proven leader of news gathering teams, responsible for coordinating, planning and defining a daily-competitive coverage agenda. For 5 years, managed a group of 20 journalists covering national issues for the largest Costa Rican newspaper.
Solid academic background, which includes a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Journalism as well as a Bachelor’s and LLD in Costa Rican Law.
Keen knowledge of US Hispanic and Latin American issues with extraordinary capacity to relate to the taste, entertainment preferences and informational needs of Hispanics living in the US.
Only Central American journalist able to ask President Clinton a question at the press conference held for Puente Siglo XXI, the presidential summit between the U.S. and the Central American countries, May 1997.
Organizations & clubs
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
Colegio de Abogados de Costa Rica (Costa Rican Lawyers Association).
What languages do you speak?
English, Spanish
Hobbies & interests
She is always learning, from talking to people and reading all different kind of books. She loves learning about diversity and working with people from everywhere around the world.
Looking for:
networking, employment, friendships

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At 9:53am on November 18, 2011, Raul Jacobs said…

Gracias Dixie. Mi mama acaba de ir a visitar a mi tio que vive en Costa Rica y hoy precisamente tome cafe Tico que me trajo mi mama de tu tierra.

Interesante curriculum ojalá te este yendo bien en tu negocio.

At 12:16pm on November 14, 2011, James Flores said…

Thank you very much Dixie. Look forward to getting to know everyone.

- James.



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