Ernesto Romero joined the KYMA news team as a producer in June of 2009. He became the Managing Editor of KYMA in 2011 and was promoted to News Director in 2013.
Ernesto is the proud recipient of the 2019 Emmy award for News 11's Early Edition: Crisis on the Border, profiling members of the 2018 migrant caravan. Ernesto and his team also won another Emmy in 2020 for best small market newscast in the region.
Ernesto as well as several other members of the KYMA staff also received a Mark Twain award by the Associated Press for “Best Coverage of an Ongoing Story” for the Easter Sunday Earthquake in 2010. Ernesto has also lead the news staff to win several other awards, including Yuma’s Best.
He started his journalism career while attending The University of Arizona. He was a fashion editor of the U of A’s first magazine, Red/Blue. From there Ernesto went on to cover the entertainment beat for The Arizona Daily Wildcat. It wasn’t long before he became assistant Spanish editor for El Independiente, a newspaper tending to the issues of the Hispanic community in South Tucson.
Ernesto also helped start the National Association of Hispanic Journalists U of A chapter in 2006. In June 2007, he received a “Professionalism in Journalism Award” and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Print Journalism and a minor in Business.
He is thankful to call the Desert Southwest home. Born in Yuma, Arizona, Ernesto is proud to call himself a Yuma High School criminal (Go Crims!!).
Ernesto enjoys being back home and surrounding himself with the city he grew up in. Working news transcends a job; it’s all he breathes, eats, sleeps or tweets. During his free time, he likes to hang out at the Yuma Palms (he knew being in the Yuma High School Renaissance Council and giving his input on a new mall would serve a purpose seven years later). He also enjoys spending time with his family at random Eighth Street taco shops (those tacos are so good), and spending time with his friends.
Ernesto would love to hear any questions, comments, or story ideas you may have. Go ahead and e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow and like his social media pages on facebook.com/ErnestoRomeroKYMA and twitter.com/ErnestoKYMA.