Marie Saavedra a reporter / anchor at WFAA in Dallas, TX, specializing in general assignment reporting.
1) Who are you? I am a storyteller, daughter, and sister who never thought she’d end up in Texas, but the Lone Star State’s been good to me! I grew up in Chicago, where my parents passed down a love of meeting people and new experiences. The newspaper was on the kitchen table every morning, and we’d end the day watching the news. Once my days writing for my high school paper ended, I chose to study Broadcast Journalism at The Missouri School of Journalism. My career has taken me to KYTV in Springfield, MO (Bass Pro Shop!), Phoenix, AZ (Palm Trees and Mountains!) and I’ve been deep in the heart of Texas since August of 2013.
2) What are your interests? Professionally, my interest is in telling a story that will make the viewer feel. That runs the gamut from hard news to uplifting stories. I was in downtown Dallas the night that 5 officers were killed in an ambush, and looking back, I value being there and bringing information to a community looking for answers and understanding. I also love the chance to meet a character or a special family and share what makes them someone you should know while putting a smile on your face. Personally, my interests include a good laugh, great meals, and travel! I love seeing Broadway shows when touring companies stop in North Texas, and an afternoon museum-hopping in Fort Worth is always a treat.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? I feel lucky to work at WFAA because of how deeply it values storytelling. That means covering the news and sharing people’s stories by emphasizing how issues and events make people FEEL. We’re not the station that puts a premium on run-and-gun coverage or the adage ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’ The focus is on tapping into real emotions of the subjects we cover and reporting it in a way that keys in with the viewer's feelings on the other side of the screen. WFAA also encourages us to be authentic…not robots! I believe that encouragement of being in touch with our own human emotions when covering stories makes for stronger writing and a better product for you to watch!
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? People may be surprised to learn that I have a brother with Down Syndrome, but they shouldn’t be…I’m the proudest sister around! My brother Chip is an athlete, artist, dancer and world traveler. My life is richer because of him! For that reason, I love to support the special needs community whenever I can. It’s very true that we’re more alike than different!
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