Suarez landed her first television job by age 20—a role on Nuestra Belleza Latina, Univision’s hit reality TV show. During this time, she gained an international fan base and repeatedly stood apart by demonstrating her facility with the Spanish language and her skills for on-air reporting. As luck (and a lot of hard work) would have it, Suarez was given the opportunity to begin working at Univision Chicago as the host of Despierta Chicago, while obtaining her journalism and advertising degree from DePaul University. During her time at Univision, Nicole was Emmy nominated, along with her team, for the “Chevy Heroes” campaign that recognized local leaders for their work within the community. Her passion for journalism has led Nicole to solo anchor a daily newscast on MundoFox and report for Hoy Noticias. Suarez was most recently awarded an Emmy for her work on a series focused on the impact of obesity on the Latino community.
What inspires you?
A constant fear of not amounting to anything in life motivates me to push and reach my goals. I was raised to believe that we all have a purpose on this earth. Whether we choose to fulfill that, or not, is up to each and every one of us. I work because I want to make an impact. I work because it’s my passion! However, my main motivation is my family. As a child, I saw how hard my parents worked to create a new life in the United States after leaving Colombia. Today, I strive to make the most out of the opportunities they worked so hard to give me.
What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?
Never stop learning. My father always told me that education is something that can never be taken away from you. I continue to take classes to perfect my craft. The difference between getting the job, or not, depends on how much you’re willing to work and study for it.