Hello! I’m Azalea
Thank you for checking out my page. My name is Azalea Andrade and I am the daughter of immigrants who worked everyday to provide a better life for their kids. So, hard work and determination was instilled at a young age. I am passionate about all things human rights and protecting our dead Earth.
I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications Media Studies. Because I was essentially financially independent the moment I left for college, I worked a lot of odd jobs. Most of my experience came after I graduated in 2017.
My first internship was in operations for a minor league baseball team. The meaning of operations got lost in translation so most of my responsibilities included selling hotdogs and serving drinks to fans. I wanted to get more out of this experience and knowing my career choice, I set up an opportunity for myself by giving post-game interviews a shot. From then, although grateful for the experience, I realized that I might just stick to writing.
So after that summer, in the Fall of 2017, I started to write for Maroon Weekly, a publication about all things Brazos Valley/Bryan-College Station area. That was my first journalist gig where I really dove into reporting on events and people making a difference in the community.
After a few more great internships and writing for The Forum at UA Little Rock, I accepted a job at the largest newspaper in Arkansas — the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Here, I coordinate the real estate section where I write 3 home features a week and design the pages for the section as well. Aside from that, we have various publications throughout the year where I write stories about topics ranging from sports to businesses and more.
My passion for writing has transcended through hardships and I am grateful to be able to do something every day that I love.