Class of 2007

Presenting the 20 Under 30 Class of 2007.

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The Bilingual Broadcaster

Carlos Correa, 29

Reporter/producer/anchor, KOLR/KSFX

Only three months from the big three-oh, Carlos is the eldest of this year’s 20 Under 30 crop. He’s also traveled the farthest to get here. Born in Cali, Colombia, Carlos moved with his family to Chicago at the age of two. After graduating from Chicago’s Columbia College in 2002, he began his reporting career in Ottumwa, Iowa. Early last year he came to Springfield to report for sister-stations KOLR and KSFX. Raised in a bilingual household, Carlos is native Spanish-speaker; news director Polly van Doren-Orr saw in Carlos a chance to reach the Ozarks’ growing Hispanic population. In April 2006, KSFX launched “Enfoque Latino,” a three-minute, Saturday-night Spanish-language broadcast that Carlos anchors and produces. Carlos hopes the broadcasts can soon grow in frequency and length, but mostly hopes to help non-English-speaking Latinos feel like a part of the community. “Most of the time they’re pretty disconnected,” he says. Carlos works in the community further by advising college students in broadcasting, and he was the host for ArtsFiesta in early May.

You have an iPod. You can only download one album. What is it? “Shakira…anything.”
Who would play you in a movie of your life? Robert DeNiro
When I’m 40 I hope _____________? “I am reporting news on a national level and have a family of my own and my own house.”
In an honest moment, what would you tell someone about your job? “It’s rewarding.”
If you could be on a reality show, what would it be? Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “I would be the host!”
First website you hit every morning: MySpace
Biggest phobia: “Insects…all of them, in general.”
One night, no complications, whom do you seduce? Shakira
 

Favorites:

Movie: The Godfather, Part II
Adult beverage: Miller Lite
TV show: Lost
Fast food indulgence: creamy sundae pie from Burger King
Book: When I was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago
Bar: Ernie Biggs and Harpos


Take your pick:

Time machine or omniscience? Time machine
Black tie or comfy sweats? Black tie
John or Paul? Paul
MySpace or Facebook? MySpace
Deal or No Deal? Deal


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