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Alumna interviews President Obama

OLLU recent graduate scores exclusive interview with President Obama

Talk about quick post-graduation success. Arantxa Loizaga scored an exclusive television interview with President Barack Obama two months after earning a bachelor’s in Multimedia Journalism from Our Lady of the Lake University.

The first installment of the two-part interview aired Wednesday night on Spanish-language KWEX-TV. Loizaga asked a range of questions related to Texas and San Antonio, including one about Mexico.

“What I can promise is we are going to get comprehensive immigration reform,” the President told her from the White House.

The second part of Loizaga’s interview airs tonight at 5 pm. and 10 p.m. The exclusive marks another achievement in a meteoric rise that includes two Lone Star Emmy awards.

A native of Mexico, Loizaga moved to San Antonio with her mother and two sisters more than a decade ago to open a restaurant. The establishment folded. Loizaga used her broadcast experience in Mexico -- where she hosted a children’s television show -- to land a job hosting a TV magazine show at Telemundo.

She later became a weekend reporter for Univision 41. In time, she earned a promotion to weeknight anchor, which created an opening in her schedule. Loizaga enrolled at OLLU and became a student by day, a journalist by night. She maintained a 3.75 grade point average, won a Lone Star Emmy for news anchoring, captured a second Emmy with colleagues for a series of reports and graduated in December.

Now she’s reporting from the White House -- and bringing the President up close to viewers.