The 22-year-old resident of Rio Grande City, Texas, May Ortega realized she could make a difference through journalism in middle school when she would come home and watch investigative documentaries. "Journalism is a good fit if you know how to write, you know how to talk to people and you want to make a difference," Ortega said. While working at The Pan American newspaper at the University of Texas Pan-American, Ortega said she was proud of one story in particular. The story was about the death of an alumnus of her university, who also happened to be her boss's brother. Ortega worked as a news reporter, arts and life reporter, arts and life editor and editor-in-chief at The Pan American. She has also interned at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Ortega is interning at The Gazette this summer and will report on business while she is on hiatus from reporting crime for The Monitor of McAllen, Texas.
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