By Austin Martinez
Nelzy Gonzalez is no stranger to national television.
She co-produced “Oakland Farm to School: California Thursdays,” a documentary on the Oakland Unified School District’s school lunch program, while interning at the school district’s television station. The piece aired on PBS NewsHour in 2014.
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Her journalistic journey began her sophomore year when two students began the YoungOakland.com news blog. She spent the next two years writing about the California drought, movies and her Latino community.
Gonzalez may be a California girl, but she’s also the child of Mexican immigrants. Her father, Juan, is a landscaper born in Jalisco, Mexico and her mother, Elizabeth Zaragoza, was raised in Mexico City. She has an older brother, Kevin, who attends University of California in Merced.
She’s fluent in Spanish and loves Hispanic and salsa music. She spends her free time exercising, creating collages and taking courses through Girls Inc., an after-school program that focuses on empowering women.
Journalism isn’t her dream career. She wants to go to college for film production. Gonzalez plans to apply to the University of Southern California, New York University and University of Chicago. If cinema doesn’t work out, she’ll pursue economics.
“Learning and understanding our market, interest rates, and investment can really help you make the smartest decisions about money,” Gonzalez said. “Also, the topic is just very interesting to me and it’s a difficult topic that many teens don’t talk about, but should. Teachers and adults always seem to like the conversation we have about econ and sometimes I don’t fully understand, so I want to be able to have a fluent econ conversation with a teacher. I just think it would be cool.”