One of several articles about the issues in the lives of Hunter students and their families, friends and neighbors.

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When J. Borreli, a blue collar worker from Brooklyn, read newspapers to his wife and children at home, he may have thought he was simply sharing the day’s headlines with them. It probably would have been news to him that, as he was broadcasting live from the Borreli family dinner table, his daughter was beginning to dream of a career in journalism.

Borreli, a building maintenance worker, loved “telling the family about what [was] going on in the world,” said Lizette, the daughter he inspired. The youngest of four, Lizette, 21, is a media studies major who dreams of a career in broadcast journalism.

“I’ve always had a curiosity to ask the fundamental questions who, what, where, when, why,” said Lizette, who has dark hair and brown eyes. “I love the idea of being a source where people go to get their information,” she said.

To keep informed, Lizette uses a wide variety of media sources. They range from ABC News, BBC, and NYT.com to RAI News, Telemundo, and NY1. They allow her to access everything she needs and wants to know, she said.

BBC tends to be reliable with its reporting, NYT.com provides well written content, ABC News and NY1 provide a quick fix to local New York News, said Lizette, demonstrating that 10-second reviews could be her specialty. She goes to “RAI News to find out what is going on in Italy, and Telemundo to find out what’s going on with the Latino Community,” she said.

While her news interests span the globe, she’d like her career to keep her closer to her home, although maybe not in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but close to her family. Lizette has two older brothers and one older sister. “I see myself as a broadcast journalist settled in the city where my job is. Ideally I would like to stay in New York, the Northeast or California,” she said.

Lizette lives on Morgan Avenue in Williamsburg, a hot spot with entertainment that draws crowds from all over the city. Lizette, however, tends to spend most of her free time outside of her neighborhood,” she said. “I don’t hang out as much in my neighborhood because all of my friends live scattered throughout the boroughs and Long Island. I usually spend time in Little Neck and Sheepshead Bay because a big group of my friends live in both areas and it is easier to congregate everyone,” she said.

Lizette also spends one to two days a week in Little Neck. “My boyfriend lives there and it’s only five minutes away from Nassau County, and is an escape from New York City’s noise, pollution, and drunken hipsters,” she said. It seems she’s more fond of a neighborhood other than her own, when asked what she thought of Williamsburg. “Kit has undergone heavy gentrification over the last five years, it’s a pleasant neighborhood, but it’s becoming more trendier than a family oriented place to live in,” she said.

In her neighborhood, she doesn’t have to go too far to find the things she likes. “I spend time shopping on Graham Avenue and go to a local Mexican bakery that makes homemade baked goods,” she said.

Lizette enjoys Shakespeare and that resulted in her minoring in English. “I Love reading various texts and interpreting them. Shakespeare is a personal favorite,” she said.

The English minor, this writer imagines, is sure to come in handy, whether she’s reading for her own enjoyment, stationed behind an anchor desk, or out in the field following breaking news and winning journalistic acclaim.

For now, her “highlight reel” includes a recent internship at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, where she had the chance to interview “various Latino figures who are influential in the Latino community,” she said. At the same time she was co-interning with the Hispanic Television Network and got to go behind the scenes of broadcasting.

“I felt a sense of belonging because I was doing what I love the most,” she said.


William O’Shea can be reached at woshea@hunter.cuny.edu