Elizabeth Pezqueda

MY STORIES:rpt_biopic

MY BLOG:
Working with “…And Justice For All” and Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake has been an incredible experience. I’ve learned so much about the services and resources available to victims of domestic violence, and it’s an education that has become very meaningful to me. To know there is an organization within our community that is so focused on getting victims of abuse out of dangerous situations gives me so much hope. Domestic violence is something no woman, man or child should ever have to deal with, and it’s great to know that there are people out there that help victims get relief from that type of situation.

While researching and writing about domestic violence, I had the chance to interview a woman who had lived through years of abuse from her husband. Her story is an incredible story and it truly touched me. Hearing how she got out of such a horrible situation and restarted her life was very inspiring, to say the least. I spoke with her for two hours and got to see just a small side of what an incredible person she is. Her optimistic attitude and hopeful outlook for her future was amazing to hear, and I feel very blessed to have been able to speak with her. My hopes in retelling her story are that it will be a source of strength for women in similar situations, and help victims of abuse learn about the different services that are available to them, no matter their income.

It’s been an amazing experience learning and writing about domestic violence issues, and I’m very appreciative to have had this opportunity. I hope the articles I’ve written will help and educate someone who is or has been a victim of abuse.

MY BIO:

I am a 21-year-old student at the University of Utah studying Mass Communication. I first got interested in journalism when I accidentally signed up for my high school’s newspaper class. I had a great teacher and an incredible, positive experience, and I’ve been set on making writing my career ever since. I plan to someday work for a successful, reputable newspaper or magazine, and write about sports and anything else that comes my way.

With five older brothers, I grew up completely surrounded by sports. I’ve played basketball my entire life, and would love to write about sports someday, but I’m open to writing about anything.

I loved writing from the very first news story I was assigned in high school, but it wasn’t until college that I learned more about the importance of providing the public with accurate, ethical, unbiased news. With so much going on in our world today, it’s important that everybody gets the most accurate information available about every issue.

I’ve lived in Utah my entire life, and I love Salt Lake City, but I’m excited to move when I graduate and experience a new place. I’m thinking about moving to Southern California when I’m done with school in the spring of 2010, and I look forward to the change and year-round warm weather.