Watching her grandparents and her parents work long hours is how Michelle learned about achieving the American dream.
Michelle graduated second in her class and was editor of the high school paper, “Panther Prints.” She attended Wellesley College with the help of a National Merit Scholarship, and the money she earned from her first job as a waitress at Pizza Hut. She would receive tips for great service from happy customers, and use the money to help pay her tuition. In college, Michelle was elected editor of her college newspaper, “The Wellesley College News,” while also reporting for the New York Times education section.
After graduating from college, Michelle began her career at Univision News, where she worked as a producer. Fluent in Spanish, she covered important issues for Latin American immigrants, and won an Emmy award for a series she produced, about children orphaned by the AIDS crisis. Michelle then spent four years as a general assignment reporter covering crime and hurricanes at WTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Petersburg, Fla.