Monique Griego is a reporter for 12 News at 10 p.m. and an anchor of 12 News Weekend Today on Sunday mornings. She began her career in reporting at the NBC affiliate in El Paso, Texas. While there she moved up the ranks, eventually becoming the morning anchor. During her time in El Paso, she covered a wide range of stories dealing with the U.S. and Mexico border and traveled to Juarez, Mexico on several occasions to report on drug cartel violence.
After spending her entire life in the southwest, she took a chance and headed east to report for WJZ, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland. There she covered the east coast earthquake of 2011, hurricanes, snow storms, the Baltimore Orioles playoff run as well as the Baltimore Ravens' journey to a Super bowl victory in 2014. While Arizona teams will always be her first choice, she can't help but still be a Ravens and Orioles fan.
Monique is a proud native Arizonan. She was born in Flagstaff but grew up in the east valley. After attending Mesa High School she earned her Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is glad to be back home, near her family, doing a job she loves. When she's not at work, Monique enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking, and supporting all Arizona sports teams. She is also an animal lover and plans on adopting a brother or sister for her dog Rocco. If you have a story idea, email Monique at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on twitter @mgriego12news.
Name: Monique Griego
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Your Heritage: Hispanic
Current Position: Sunday Morning Anchor/Reporter
When you joined 12 News: July 28th 2014
College Graduated from: ArIzona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism/Mass Communications
Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, movies, hanging with my dog Rocco, trying new restaurants, exploring new cities and googling weird topics.
Favorite Music: I'll listen to almost anything. My mix CD's are completely random.
Favorite Song: Couldn't pick just one.
Favorite Quote(s): "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
Favorite Food: Anything Mexican. I could eat tacos every day of my life.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Travel Destination: Anywhere with a beach
Pets: Poodle mutt named Rocco
Hidden Talents: I'm actually athletic and played many sports growing up. Nobody believes me now because I'm always in heels.
Favorite Sports Teams: All AZ teams! And now after living in Baltimore for a few years, the Ravens & Oriole's
Favorite Moment in Broadcasting: I've met so many interesting people while doing this job. But I always love stories where we can make a difference and help people.
Why you decided to work in TV: I loved writing and wanted a job where you weren't stuck in an office.
Where else you have worked: My first job was in El Paso, TX. I then headed east to Baltimore.
First Story Reported: An electronics fair in the desert.
Your First Job: Cashier & Drive Thru operator extraordinaire at Burger King
What People Would Never Guess About You: I don't like chocolate
What you love about living in Arizona: After living on the east coast, I definitely appreciate not having to wear 5 layers of clothes in the winter. I also love the smell of monsoon rain in the desert.
Your Biggest Pet Peeve: People who get in line to order food but have no idea what they want.
Your Prized Possession: I still have all my Barbie's & their 80's outfits. I even still have the full set of New Kids on the Block Barbie's.
What I'm Passionate About: family, friends, food, animals
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