Anthony Orozco: WITF Reporter, Berks Poet Laureate, and Member of Barrio Algeria

In the heart of Reading, Pennsylvania, amidst the bustling City Park, lies a man dedicated to unraveling the tapestry of stories that weave through the community. Anthony Orozco, a journalist with a fervent passion for storytelling, graciously shared his journey, aspirations, and the impactful work he does within the city.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Anthony’s path to Reading was serendipitous. Armed with a journalism degree from the University of Cincinnati, his pursuit of a career in reporting led him to knock on the doors of various newsrooms. It was Reading that answered the call, providing him with an opportunity to fill a much-needed role as a Spanish-speaking reporter, delving into the vibrant Latino community of Berks County.

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Reflecting on his journalistic roots, Anthony recounts the trials and triumphs of his tenure at the Reading Eagle. Over seven years, he immersed himself in the fabric of Berks County, covering everything from rural school districts to city hall meetings. The experience, he admits, was akin to being thrown into the trenches, navigating unfamiliar territory with each assignment.

Yet, it was within these challenges that Anthony found his stride. His dedication to understanding and amplifying the voices of the Latino community resonated deeply. With each story, he sought to bridge gaps and shed light on the nuances of their experiences, challenging stereotypes and misconceptions along the way.

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As his journey evolved, so did his storytelling arsenal. Venturing into the realm of audio journalism, Anthony embraced the dynamic world of radio reporting, honing his skills in crafting compelling narratives that transcend the airwaves. With each project, he delves deeper into the essence of storytelling, capturing the essence of individuals and communities through sound.

Beyond journalism, Anthony’s passion for community activism shines through. Through organizations like Barrio Alegría, he champions the arts as a vehicle for social change, empowering individuals to share their voices and perspectives. His work extends into the realm of education, where he mentors aspiring storytellers, guiding them on their journey to self-expression.

Looking ahead, Anthony envisions a future filled with boundless opportunities for storytelling. Whether through best-selling poetry books or in-depth investigative reports, his mission remains unwavering—to unearth the stories that shape our world and amplify them for all to hear.

As our conversation draws to a close, Anthony leaves us with an invitation to join him at an upcoming open mic event, where the community will come together to celebrate the power of storytelling. With his long hair and signature headphones, he stands as a beacon of inspiration—a testament to the transformative power of storytelling in our lives.

To connect with Anthony and explore the vibrant tapestry of stories within Reading, reach out to him on Twitter (@anthonyorosco20) or via email at anthony_orozco@witf.org. And mark your calendars for the open mic event on May 4th at the Band Shell, where the magic of storytelling awaits.

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