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Cristina Mendonsa

Cristina Mendonsa is a versatile and accomplished journalist, writer, host, producer and entrepreneur. She previously anchored all three of ABC10's award winning evening newscasts, reports on all platforms within TEGNA, produces special projects and publishes articles on leadership and media.

While at ABC10, Cristina has earned Edward R. Murrow awards and EMMY awards for her reporting as well as recognition from the U.S Congress for a series on wilderness survival and the National Alliance on Mental Illness award for a series on mental illness onset in college-aged adults.

While Northern California has been her home-base for two decades, Cristina has traveled to some of the most contentious areas of Israel and Gaza to report on issues of regional unrest and has joined several international trade missions to report on the expanding business interests of California throughout Asia. Trade, business and international relations remain a core interest of Cristina and she currently serves on the Centers for International Trade Advisory Board, where she consults and has produced a multimedia curriculum for aspiring entrepreneurs. Cristina has also done consulting for the Portuguese-American Leadership Council, and been featured in several books aboutLuso- Americans.

Before ABC10, Cristina reported and anchored for the #1 rated NBC affiliate in Denver, Colorado. While there, Cristina covered national politics and did award winning long form investigative journalism for KUSA-TV. Cristina also worked in several cities on the west coast in both radio and television as a political reporter, a consumer reporter and in general assignments. As an entrepreneur, Cristina started a successful fitness-oriented business as a way to pay for her undergraduate education in the late 1980's and in 2010, she launched a restaurant concept in Denver and then sold her partnership.

Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University of Spokane as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Journalism from Sacramento State University. Her master’s thesis consisted of a nation-wide study of journalist work habits. She is currently writing on a book on media evolution.

Cristina is a level 5 practitioner of the Krav Maga fighting system, a fan of the UFC and enjoys hiking, as well as traveling through California's various wine regions.