Julia was hired as a digital content producer at 8 News Now in 2021. She’s been a resident of Las Vegas since 2010.
Previously she worked as a newscast producer at a Las Vegas station for seven years.
Julia received a Regional Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award for breaking news coverage during the 1 October shooting in 2017.
She produced and boothed the first four hours of breaking news coverage that evening and into the early morning hours the following day.
She previously received three Emmy nominations from 2015 to 2017 for special team coverage of the 1 October shooting, breaking news coverage of a deadly Las Vegas Strip crash in 2016, and 2015 for breaking news coverage involving two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers who were ambushed and killed while on their lunch break.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Julia worked as an on-air news reporter, anchor, and producer. She covered news as a reporter for the ABC affiliate across Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
One of her most memorable stories to cover while she reported in Sun Valley, Idaho included getting to meet the Dalai Lama during a special visit to commemorate the survivors of 9/11.
Julia studied at the University of Utah, Idaho State University, and BYU-Idaho. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a minor in Spanish and Ethnic Studies. She is also bilingual in Spanish and English.
She first began her career in the news while in high school where was given the opportunity to enroll in an internship-based class during her junior and senior years of high school. During that time she spent two semesters learning the ropes of what it takes to become a reporter. Julia was able to assist reporters while out in the field, setting up interviews, preparing interview questions, and even assisting behind the camera during live shots.
Before landing her first news reporting job Julia was bitten by the news bug at a young age.
The daughter of a professional photographer Julia quickly learned what it was like to be in front and behind the camera.
Julia is the oldest of four children and spent much of her time enlisting her younger siblings in the making of short skits, “movies”, and mock newscasts with the family VHS camcorder. She was born and raised in Idaho and is half South American and Mexican.