A South Side native, Diana Gutierrez is a familiar face to most Chicagoans. As the current morning news reporter and anchor for Chicago’s WCIU ‘The Jam’, Diana welcomes her viewers each weekday morning with a friendly smile and a passion for storytelling. She’s a first generation Mexican-American and college graduate who has achieved so much in the journalism industry, at a young age. Within only two years in the industry, Diana made the jump to the number three market.
Beyond the newsroom, Diana is focused on shedding light on stories that help Latinos and people of color, as well as helping other aspiring journalists through her own experiences. She sets aside time daily to answer questions from viewers in her community. Diana is the Vice-President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists- Chicago Chapter and an Executive Board member of the Daisie Foundation focusing on children and mothers in impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago.
Her journey thus far has been far from easy, but once her dad told her “pudes tirar la toalla o secarte el sudor con ella” (you can either throw in the towel or wipe your sweat with it), she never looked back. More than anything, she wants to teach others that no dream is too big. In fact, she advises people think about their goals and dreams and dare yourself to dream bigger.