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Contact Maya: maya.rodriguez@9news.com or 303-871-1432

Maya Rodriguez joined 9NEWS as a reporter in January 2014. While her career has taken her from the plains of Texas, to the beaches of Florida and the bayous of Louisiana, she is now thrilled to call Denver home.

Previously, Rodriguez spent six years as a reporter at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans. She was the station's lead reporter covering the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She also reported on the city and region's rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, as well as Hurricane Sandy's devastation in New York and New Jersey.

Maya Rodriguez. 9NEWS.com.

In 2009, the Honolulu-based East-West Center selected Rodriguez for a journalism exchange program to the Korean peninsula. She reported from the Demilitarized Zone along the North Korean border and on a major trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea, directly impacting the Port of New Orleans and Louisiana. She returned to Korea in 2012, where she wrote about North Korean defectors living in South Korea and explored an underground infiltration tunnel at the DMZ, designed to secretly move North Korean troops into South Korea.

Before that, Rodriguez was a Collier County bureau reporter for WINK-TV, the CBS station in Ft. Myers, Fla. While there, she covered the start of the massive Everglades Restoration Project, as well as Hurricanes Charley, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, among others.

Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter for KAMR-TV and KCIT-TV, the NBC and FOX duopoly in Amarillo, Texas. During her time there, she covered storm chasers during severe weather, reported on devastating wildfires in Arizona and followed the Olympic Torch Relay for the 2002 Winter Games, as it traveled across several states.

Rodriguez began her career as a special projects intern for WTVJ-TV, the NBC station in Miami, where she worked with producers on long-format and investigative stories.

She holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York and graduated with honors from Florida International University in Miami, with a bachelor's degree in communications.

A New York City native, Rodriguez lived in a number of places while growing up, including Miami and Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, as well as Delaware and Rhode Island. She is of Dominican and Slovak descent and speaks Spanish and French. Her attempt to learn Mandarin Chinese continues at a snail's pace.

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