Adriana Rozas Rivera joined the 12 News team as a digital reporter in February 2022. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Adriana realized the importance of strong local journalism in times of crisis when Hurricane Maria hit the island.
Adriana then decided to pursue her master’s degree in newspaper and magazine journalism, winning the Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities at Syracuse University. While in Syracuse, she worked at The Post-Standard newspaper and was a Pulitzer Center Fellow. She also began reporting and anchoring Mornings on the Hill, a campus newscast, which she credits with teaching her everything she knows about TV reporting.
At the age of five, Adriana reported her first story: with a karaoke microphone in hand, she narrated a carnival ride accident in San Juan that she witnessed while she was on another ride nearby. As a native Spanish speaker, Adriana considers bilingualism her most valuable skill and she enjoys telling stories in both English and Spanish. She has focused her career reporting on underrepresented communities.
Before becoming a journalist, Adriana studied environmental and marine science at UMass Amherst and in Woods Hole. She also worked with a Massachusetts senator in his office and on his campaign.
Adriana now lives in the Ocean State and she loves reading fantasy novels, quoting movies, buying makeup, and her dog, Goya.