Monica Garcia

The love of storytelling started for Monica at a very young age. While most kids were playing jump rope during recess, Monica was telling ghost stories to childhood friends. While the type of story has shifted over the years, Monica's passion for creating and invoking emotion has lived on. 

Monica is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. Monica started her career in journalism in the nation's capital at WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C. She was a production assistant and field producer. Most memorably, she helped produce Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States in 2008.

Monica moved on to San Diego where she was a morning reporter at San Diego Union Tribune TV station. That’s where she first fell in love with coastal life and beach living.

A self-proclaimed Morning person, Monica continued mornings in Tucson, Arizona at KVOA, the NBC affiliate. She’s most proud of her work in raising awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, where she received the Media Person of the Year award for 2015.

She’s also proud of her work with the non-profit Tu Nidito, which helps children coping with the death or serious illness of a loved one.

Monica was also the only reporter in Tucson to exclusively interview Mexico’s Secretary of State, Claudia Ruiz Massieu,  while touring the newly built Mexican consulate in Tucson.

Monica is thrilled to be living beachside again in Jacksonville and to be anchoring Good Morning Jacksonville on the weekends and reporting during the week.

If you don't catch Monica on Good Morning Jacksonville, you may see her jogging, being active in the local Latino Community or just indulging in Jacksonville’s foodie scene, from food trucks to Southern cuisine. Have a story idea? Email her at mgarcia@firstcoastnews.com

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