Vicente Arenas

There’s a pretty funny story about how I ended up in Denver.

For the longest time I’ve wanted to live here.  I’ve had a fascination for mountains and the outdoors since I was in high school.  I grew up in a small town in South Texas called Kenedy (yes, just one “n”).  I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.  For years, I followed reporting and anchoring jobs in several states and most recently worked for CBS News as a correspondent in Miami. 

After leaving the network, I returned to Texas to spend time with family.  I then decided to choose a city where I wanted to work and live.  A place where I would be happy.  Colorado kept calling my heart.  I’m a terrible skier, and have a huge desire to get better.  And I love to ride bikes.  

I moved here without a job and started knocking on doors.  Less than a month later, I was hired as an anchor/reporter at 9 News.  The minute I walked into the station, I knew it was the place for me.  The people were so welcoming.  And, the station’s top notch reputation was also very appealing.  Good vibes all the way.

I decided I wanted to be a reporter when I was in high school.  And it was no wonder why!  I was nosy, was always wanting to know how things worked, and I loved to talk.  One of my friends called me “motor mouth”.  

Since pursuing my dream, I’ve covered more than a dozen named storms and hurricanes, covered the aftermath of “Katrina” in New Orleans, and witnessed two executions in Texas.  I won some awards along the way, but the greatest satisfaction has come from exploring communities and telling stories about some of the most interesting people in the world.  I ‘m looking forward to doing that in Denver.

And for your entertainment: Two of the funniest things that have happened to me?  I met the late Tejano Singer “Selena” during a defensive driving class.  And while sneaking down a hallway to go to a restroom in Rome, I met the late Mother Teresa -  and even shook her hand.  I also have a very funny nickname, that people in my hometown still call me today.  I’ll leave that story for another day.

I’m always looking for story ideas so please feel free to contact me!

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