Reporter Liz Román says Latinos "have a desire for progress"!
She may not always cover issues that directly affect the Latino community, but simply being on the staff of the region’s largest daily newspaper allows Puerto Rican journalist Elizabeth Román an opportunity to show that Latinos are represented everywhere.
As a full-time reporter for The Republican and contributor to El Pueblo Latino, Román has been able to write stories that bring attention to the more positive aspects of Latino culture.
“Unfortunately the media often shows only the negative,” she said. “I’m thankful that The Republican is making an effort to showcase the many wonderful Latinos who contribute to our community, not only in our Spanish publication, but also in the daily newspaper.”
A graduate of Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Roman has covered everything from municipal government, to crime, politics, education and more.
Román was born and raised in Springfield and was the first in her immediate family to graduate from college.
“My parents always instilled in me a strong work ethic and a desire to do good in my community,” she said.
With the 2010 U.S. census revealing that nearly 40 percent of Springfield’s population is Latino, Román is proud to be among that number.
"Like in every ethnic group there are always some who have taken a wrong turn and many who suffer due to their socio-economic status, but there are also many Latinos achieving great things in local government, the health care field , education, media and more,” she said. “It’s important to show that Latinos are more than the mug shots and police reports often highlighted in the media. We are full of life, joy and have a desire for progress.”
Liz serves as an Advisory Board member of Latino Alliance. We celebrate Liz's accomplishments, and thank her for her leadership in the Latino community!