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Isabel Mascarenas
Reporter

I joined 10 News News as a General Assignment Reporter for the Sarasota/Manatee County Bureau in March 1995. I am now the Education Reporter. My expertise on local and state school issues helps me keep viewers informed about the changes in education and how it affects their children.

I've won Emmy awards. In 2007 I won an Emmy for my story called, Teens & "Pharm" Parties. The story is about teens and their addiction to prescription drugs. In 2004, I won an Emmy for Teens' Drug of Choice. The story focuses on teenagers' addiction to caffeine and the harm it does to their bodies and minds. In 2003 I won my first Emmy for a September 11th one year anniversary story titled, Children Remember 9-11. The story is about three Sarasota students who recall their classroom visit with President George W. Bush on the morning of the terrorist attacks. The story received two Emmy nominations. Children Remember 9-11 also won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and was recognized by Florida's Associated Press.

I began my broadcasting career in Miami as an intern at WPLG-TV. In 1988, I became an associate producer at the CBS affiliate WINK-TV in Fort Myers. I was promoted to a reporting position and fill-in anchor position in 1990. In 1994, I helped launch WINK's weekend morning and noon newscasts as anchor and continued as a reporter until my move to 10 News.

I was born in Cardenas, Cuba. My family and I escaped the Communist nation in 1967 and settled in Miami. I am fluent in Spanish. I am a graduate of Barry University in Miami Shores where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. My husband George and I live in Sarasota with our two dogs Bailey and Bear.