Mariza Mendoza joined KSAT 12 News in March 2013 as a nightside reporter.
Mariza comes from our sister station in Houston, KPRC-TV, where she worked five years on their morning show.
During her time there, Mariza reported on several big stories, including Hurricane Ike in 2008 and deadly wild fires that ripped through Central Texas in 2011.
Mariza also covered the case of Jessica Tata, the Texas woman who was sentenced to 80 years for the death of one of four children killed in a fire at her home day care in Houston. Mariza was the first reporter to interview the mother whose two children died in the fire.
Before her stint in Houston, Mendoza worked at WLUC-TV in Marquette, Mich., WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, Wis., KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., KGMB-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii and WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio.
Mariza is a DePaul University graduate and was nominated for an Emmy in Columbus. She also won three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists while working in Hawaii.
Originally from Wood Dale, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, she now calls San Antonio home with her husband. When she is not working, she enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her family and two dogs.