Vanessa Ruiz's message about her on-air pronunciations

During Monday's newscast of 12 News at 10 p.m., I took an opportunity to say:

Thank you, Phoenix.

Thank you for welcoming me so warmly into your community and extending many words of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate it all and it's what has helped make Arizona truly feel like home in such a short time since my arrival.

I seized the moment to address some viewer inquiries wondering why I pronounce certain words in Spanish in just that – Spanish.

MORE ABOUT VANESSA RUIZ:  Hello, Vanessa

I was raised speaking both languages and for me, certain words just sound better when said in their natural way. It really is that simple.

Nothing more, nothing less.

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Let me be clear: My intention has never been to be disrespectful or dismissive, quite the contrary. I actually feel I am paying respect to the way some of Arizona's first, original settlers intended for some things to be said.

I know it may surprise some of you and maybe even rub some people the wrong way. I get it and know I am always open to engage in thoughtful dialogue about it.

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I don't intend to come to Phoenix and do things "my way," however my goal is to stay authentic to who I am while, hopefully, making our newscasts more open and inclusive to everyone, no matter where they come from.


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