As a little girl growing up in Ecuador, Adriana Carrera used to write editorials and make her own newspapers. Her mom told her she should study journalism - and that's exactly what she did. Now, she runs La Familia de Broward, a Spanish-language publication of her own creation that helps families in Broward County get the information they need.
Adriana first came to the U.S. at the age of 30. She was already a professional journalist, and moved from Ecuador to NYC to be with her then-fiancee, now-husband Ivan. She was the first in her family to emigrate to the U.S. and for her, moving to Manhattan was like dropping a kid in a candy store.
"There was so much to discover because it's a glimpse of the world'
s cultures," she says. "The fact that many Hispanics live in New York gave me the opportunity to not only to continue my career, but to really launch it."
After her daughter Carolina was born, the family decided to move to Miami. Adriana's husband flew out a month ahead, and she and little Carolina took flight from NYC to reunite with him on September, 11, 2001.
"We flew at the same time the hijacked planes were impacting the Twin Towers," Adriana recalls.
"As a journalist, I would have been assigned to Ground Zero and seen the falling of the second tower - as some of my traumatized colleagues did - but God had other plans for us."