UT alumna having fun as new Face of FOX Toledo

January 19, 2012 | Features, UToday
By Nicolette Jett

If you had a once in a lifetime chance to fulfill your dream, would you seize the opportunity?


UT graduate Jocelyn Cruz did just that when she auditioned and was selected the new Face of FOX Toledo.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Cruz, 22, originally from Amherst, Ohio. “I have to remind myself every day how lucky I am to have a job right out of college, and especially lucky to have a job doing what I love.”

Cruz is the sixth person chosen as the Face of FOX Toledo and is serving as an on-air personality and station representative.

“We had such incredible talent in our top five, so choosing our winner was extremely difficult,” FOX Toledo General Manager Gary Yoder said. “We think Jocelyn Cruz has all the qualities and abilities that we were looking for to take the Face of FOX Toledo to the next level and make this a fantastic year.”

While attending UT, Cruz was involved heavily in the Latino Student Union and its peer-mentorship program, Primos. In 2009, she was named UT’s first Latino Homecoming queen.

Cruz, who received her bachelor’s degree in communication in May 2011, also was an anchor for UT:10 News and worked on UT TV.

She competed with many hopefuls who submitted online entries and auditioned for the opportunity to represent FOX Toledo. The contest trickled from 20 finalists to the top five, and Cruz was selected by votes of judges and viewers.

“Thank you to everyone who has given me endless amounts of encouragement and support throughout my journey to become the new FOX Face,” Cruz said.

One piece of advice Cruz gives to all college students and recent graduates: The more real-life experience out in the work force, the better. Cruz, who looks forward to a career in broadcast news, also had an internship during college at Black Entertainment Television.

“Everyone can earn a college degree. Stand out from the crowd. Put yourself out there for as many internships and volunteer opportunities as possible,” Cruz said. “The more experience earned early, the better chance to land a job after graduation.”

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