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Irma Cervantes was born and raised in Delano, CA, to Mexican Immigrant parents and worked in the grape vineyards with her mother every summer during high school. She is a graduate of Delano High School and attended Bakersfield College from 1996 to 1997. She transferred to continue her Communication studies at California State University, Bakersfield.
She was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree and came back to complete her Masters Degree in Public Administration. For 14 years, she was an award winning Journalist as Producer/News Reporter for Univision Bakersfield/Fresno.
She won two Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a Golden Mike Award for Human Interest stories documenting the struggles and accomplishments of local central valley citizens. She is the first bilingual Public Affairs representative at California State University, Bakersfield.
She is an active member of several Journalism and Public Affairs and Administration organizations. She is an energetic member of our community and volunteers for several non-profit organizations on a regular basis. She frequently interacts with youth and speaks at local colleges and public schools. She discusses her own experiences, encourages youth to set goals and pursue their dreams, and is a strong advocate for education in the Central Valley.
Irma’s award winning work in Journalism and continued support of our community makes her a BC shining star and most deserving of this recognition.