Raquel Martin is a journalist with a love for storytelling and digging deeper into headlines. As a Statehouse Reporter, she devotes her days to bringing state-wide issues to your local communities.
Raquel has always felt the need to stay informed about what's going in the communities we share -- locally, nationally and internationally. Growing up, news and politics were always a point of discussion in her household. By 18, when it came time to choose a career, journalism was a no-brainer. She likes to think she turned her hobby into a career of which she'll never grow tired.
As a reporter, she loves nothing more than highlighting stories that may go unnoticed and seeing real impact in the community. Telling the stories of everyday people is what brings her joy.
Raquel is from Long Beach, California, but she's diving head first into issues that affect Illinois, its rich history and its culture. She graduated with a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. While in school, she honed her journalistic skills by writing for the school's newspaper to hosting her own radio show. After graduating, Raquel worked as a writer at KUSI-TV in San Diego. She then became an Assignment Editor for KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
These experiences helped shape and mold her into the journalist she is today. Jumping out of the classroom and into the newsroom helped her understand the difference between quality news coverage and sensationalized journalism.
Raquel joined the WCIA news team February 2016 because of the ideology and ethical standards held by the station. She may be thousands of miles from California, but she's happy to call WCIA3 her new home.