Adriana De Alba is a general assignment reporter at WFAA covering Tarrant County.
1) Who are you? My curiosity started at a young age. I spent long summers in the library, and I was the kid who asked a lot of questions. I’ve always yearned to know more about people and understand the world around me. That curiosity, coupled with a love of writing led me to pursue a career in journalism.
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. (Yes, it’s a dry heat, but it’s still HOT!) I earned a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
I'm the daughter of two hard-working immigrant parents, and I’m here to honor my parent’s sacrifices. Growing up, I sat in front of the tv beside my parents every evening. Together, we watched the evening news. My parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, relied on watching newscasts to stay informed. I witnessed the impact journalism can have on underrepresented communities, and it inspired me to pursue a career in journalism. I hope to bring a voice to the voiceless through storytelling.
2) What are your interests? When I’m not working, I try to reset. My mental health is important to me, and I find balance through hobbies. I can spend hours cooking in the kitchen. I LOVE trying out new recipes, and I’m a big foodie! Reading is another passion of mine. At a young age, books opened up my world. It hasn’t stopped. I love traveling, hiking, visiting museums, concerts, my hyper Maltipoo Zoey, and the arts.
By the way, it’s never too late to learn something new. Two years ago, I began taking piano lessons. Since then, I moved across the country, but even now, my piano teacher and I have weekly Zoom lessons.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? I love the people I get to work with and WFAA’S commitment to quality storytelling. WFAA encourages us to be bold and creative. Storytelling is a craft, and every day, I get to share people’s stories through my love of writing.
At WFAA, people of different cultures and backgrounds are both celebrated and embraced. This is a special place, and every day, I think about what a blessing it is to be a part of this team.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I’m the first person in my family to attend college. My parents didn’t get past the third grade, their parents pulled them out at a young age to begin working. My mom works in a school cafeteria, and my dad works for a window company. I grew up embarrassed by this, but today, I share it proudly. They’ve worked so hard their entire lives so that I could pursue my dreams. I owe it all to them.