Mitt Romney, Clint Eastwood, and an empty chair were the main attractions at the Republican National Convention last week, but a slew of conservative bold faced names also came to Tampa to support the party’s official nominee for President of the United States.
Llenas, B.S.C. ’10, writes, reports, and produces multimedia content for the news website, based in New York City. FOX News Latino covers news and issues for Latinos in the U.S. and around the world primarily in English.
At the RNC, Llenas, who majored in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at UM and worked at campus cable TV station UMTV, got some quality face time with Puerto Rico’s Gov. Luis Fortuño, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and others.
At one point, as Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan addressed the nation, Llenas grabbed his mic, ran onto the convention floor and conducted his interviews — right next to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“It is more hectic than anyone could possibly prepare for, but it just doesn’t get better than being on the ground for history,” says Llenas who grew up in Boca Raton, Fla. “We found out about interviews sometimes mere minutes before they had to happen, which meant I had to know what questions to ask, and be ready to arrive on the spot and just go.”
Llenas covered all four days of the convention, Aug. 28-30, sometimes up to 19 hours a day securing and conducting high profile video interviews, writing stories, tweeting, and staying on top of constantly evolving storylines — all with a focus on Latinos.
“This is why FOX News Latino exists,” he adds. “There has never been more at stake with the Latino vote. Our website’s mission is to give Latino voters, who mostly speak English, fair and balanced coverage of this year’s pivotal race. Second, third, and fourth generation Latinos in key battleground states like Florida and Colorado may very well decide this election. It is extremely important as a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind website to make sure we are fair and accurate in communicating specifically to this community.”
Up next for Llenas is the Presidential Debates in October. He is also working on stories about Latino voter turnout and features on extraordinary Latinos for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Llenas joined FOX News Latino in 2010. In 2009, he interned with FOX News Channel through the School of Communication’s NY Experience program, which connects communication students with high-profile internships in New York City.
That experience, his work with UMTV, and his SoC education primed him for a career in the studio and outside the classroom, Llenas says.
“UM prepared me to be a multifaceted journalist. It taught me the fundamentals, it engrained in me a sense of urgency and an importance of journalism that keeps me going strong each and every day,” Llenas says. “Most of all it taught me to do what you love and that was the greatest lesson of them all.”
*Watch a video of Llenas reporting for FOX News Latino here: