Ariel Plasencia is a multi-skilled journalist at WFAA in Dallas, TX, specializing in general assignment reporting.

1) Who are you? Hey, there! I grew up in Chicago, one of the best and coldest cities in the country. I graduated from Northwestern University, which is just north of Chicago (GO CATS), and later, got my master’s degree in journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C.

I started my journalism career in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Most recently, I was a morning reporter at WCNC in Charlotte. If you’ve never been to the Tarheel State – give it a try. Trust me. From the Blue Ridge Parkway on the state’s west side to the pristine beaches on its east coast, my husband and I absolutely fell in love with everything the state has to offer.

That being said, we are SO EXCITED to now call TEXAS home!

2) What are your interests? I love watching sports, especially my Chicago teams: Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Hawks and Cats. My husband and I are big road trippers – exploring new cities and eating delicious food are two things we do best. I also relish spending time with my family, especially my little niece and nephews.

3) What do you like about working at WFAA? The people. Hands down. Before I even arrived in Dallas, my colleagues made me feel welcome. I’m looking around our newsroom right now, and I’m just surrounded by ambitious, intelligent and good-hearted people – it’s amazing what kind of effect that can have on you.

4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I have a bachelor’s degree in math. It remains unclear what kind of career path I was going to pursue with it.

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