Daniela Pardo hopes someday to produce “fascinating stories” for a national news magazine such as Dateline or 60 Minutes.
Until then, the Anaheim resident and Chapman University broadcaster is working on storytelling closer to home.
Pardo, 21, has joined the Behind the Badge team and plans to file occasional reports in English and Spanish about the people and programs of the Anaheim Police Department. Her stories will be posted here and on the department’s Facebook page.
“I hope to help establish a better relationship between the police and the community,” she said, noting she was unaware of the number of police programs geared toward keeping youth out of a life of crime. “The few people I’ve met so far seem to really love their jobs and they truly want to make Anaheim a better place for all of us.”
Already, Pardo has attended the Anaheim Family Justice Center’s “Children’s Violence Prevention Program” graduation. She is also working on a profile of Sgt. Steve Pena, one of many success stories from Anaheim’s Explorer program.
A senior at Chapman, Pardo is a regular contributor to Chapman News, a 30-minute weekly news program that airs on KOCE-TV.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to get the word out about how the community can work with us to reduce crime,” said Sgt. Bob Dunn. “This is a unique and exciting approach, and we are hopeful that her reports help us reach an even bigger portion of the Anaheim community.”
When she’s not working or studying, Pardo enjoys hiking, Zumba, reading – and, of course, watching the news.
“Everyone has a story to tell and many of those stories can be used to inspire and bring hope to others, and as a journalist I want to take on that responsibility and privilege to be that bridge,” Pardo said.
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