Janny Rodriguez joined The First Coast News family as a multimedia journalist in July 2015 after reporting for two years in the peach state, Augusta Ga for WAGT NBC 26.
But even before Janny stepped foot in the United States she and her family embarked on a journey to the land of the free from her country of origin, Matanzas Cuba, at the age of eight. They moved to Miami Florida to start her new life in a free country.
Janny graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunication-news and a minor in Spanish.
During her sophomore year Janny began doing radio news in Spanish for Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM, “Noticias”, the only news outlet for the Hispanic community in Gainesville. After two semesters reporting and co-hosting the program, she realized she had a passion to serve her community and it was then she got involved with television news.
Janny also interned at WCJB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Gainesville and at Univision Network in Miami.
Prior to graduation in May of 2013 Janny was awarded the Major Garland Powell Award for outstanding contribution in radio and television.
On her days off, Janny loves to cook and traveling to Miami to visit her family. She is also a serious crossfiter so don’t worry is you see her lifting heavy objects around Jacksonville.
Janny wants to thank the First Coast for their warm welcome and encourages your input with any story ideas you’d like her to cover. Please email her at Jrodrigue3@firstcoastnews.com