Hello! Thanks for visiting my website. My name is Simona Rivero, and I am a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. As a first-generation American, my family is a huge part of my life. I am a mix of Jamaican, Venezuelan and German ancestry. I love having a blend of cultures in my life because it has helped me understand people from different walks of life.
Since I was a kid, I have always loved performing. I was involved in dancing, acting and beauty pageants. At the height of my time in pageantry, I won the title of Miss Jr. Teen United States in 2014. This gave me the opportunity to travel across the country and to inspire girls my age that had never seen a pageant titleholder that looked like them.
After retiring from pageants when I was 15, I enrolled at Pasco-Hernando State College. I was a PHSC student ambassador, a Psi Beta Honor Society recipient, a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recipient and the Phi Beta Lambda District IV Vice President. While I was in Phi Beta Lambda, my teammate and I traveled to Anaheim, California where we received a top 10 placement in the Small Business Management Plan category.
During this time, I worked with the Humane Society of the Nature Coast by serving as the co-chairwoman of its marketing committee. I structured monthly meeting agendas and helped with branding efforts through social media.
I graduated with my Associate of Arts degree when I was 17, and I began attending the University of Florida the next semester. Less than 6 months later, I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany. While in Germany, my classmates and I practiced photojournalism.
Since then, I have been involved with WUFT News as a radio reporter, television reporter and news anchor. Meeting daily deadlines and staying up to date on the latest local, national and international news was simply part of the job. Gaining experience as a reporter for WUFT News led me to intern at WFLA News Channel 8 in Tampa during the summer of 2019. Being in a workplace environment with seasoned news anchors and reporters was a valuable experience.
When it comes to academic involvement, I have always been eager. I have served as the Treasurer of the Journalism & Communications Ambassadors, as a Resident
Assistant and Teaching Assistant for the UF Summer Media Institute and as a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, to name a few. I am and always will be a passionate representative of the UF College of Journalism and Communications. As a spring 2020 UF graduate, I feel confident that the knowledge I gained will prepare me for the future.