About Me

23621716_390624248022189_572588219534021535_nI’m a journalist in Corpus Christi, Texas.

I am currently focused on dining and things to do for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the USA Today Network-Texas Region.

In the past three years at the South Texas publication, I have covered breaking news, crime, and written features with a focus on digital storytelling for Caller.com.

After covering crime for two years, I was promoted to report on my interests in the city’s arts and its rich culture — all while implementing more digital storytelling tools, including more video.

I select the day-to-day content for Things To Do/VivaCC, the Caller-Times entertainment section. I also lead newsroom efforts to implement SEO and Google Trends in our reporting and story pitches.

In an effort to engage with our readers on our social media platforms, I’ve contributed to our ‘Off The Record’ Facebook Live sessions, which allows local artists to showcase their music in our newsroom.

Working as a reporter in Selena Quintanilla-Perez, the Queen of Tejano’s hometown, I was able to help lead efforts in planning the before, during and after coverage of Fiesta de la Flor — the two-day music festival honoring Selena’s life and legacy in Corpus Christi.

I’ve also helped produce many Facebook Live videos including, Hurricane Harvey coverage, Q&As in our studio, How-To videos, and breaking news.

I am the co-founder of the Online News Association-Corpus Christi Chapter.

I studied journalism at Del Mar College and briefly at the University of Texas at Arlington.

I was born in Tampico, Mexico and moved to Corpus Christi with my family in 2001.

I am fluent in Spanish and Spanglish.

*If you’d like to see my resume please email me, natalia.econtreras@gmail.com