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Friday, June 11, 2010

Aspiring Houston TV reporter's dream comes true

One aspiring Houston TV reporter hit the jackpot recently. Daniela Rodriguez, 27, competed against contestants from across the country on ESPN Deportes' Dream Job: El Reportero to cover the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

As the only female finalist in the competition, ESPN notes Rodriguez stood out from the seven contestants with her broadcasting skills, personality, camera presence and her general knowledge of soccer. Her experience sounded like a TV reality show version of what a normal broadcasting intern must endure - anchoring a studio show, acting as a reporter, conducting interviews and participating in numerous debates.

But did she have to get someone coffee or carry a photographer's tripod?

"This year we saw a lot of talent during the casting tour," said Christian Calcagno, coordinating producer, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International in a statement. "Our seven finalists' vast knowledge, skills and competitive attitude showed us how passionate fans are about soccer, but we felt Daniela would do a fantastic job of representing ESPN Deportes through her enthusiastic reporting and passion for this game."

Rodriguez currently works as an account executive for a communications company. ESPN says her grandfather was a professional soccer player.

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