Juan Rodriguez has been a reporter at 12News since December 2015 shortly after earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication and Modern Languages at Lamar University.

Rodriguez was born in the city of Cotija de la Paz in Michoacán, México, and developed a hunger for telling stories at a young age.

He immigrated to the United States with his family as a youngster and credits their story for giving him the passion and drive to become a journalist.

Rodriguez was raised in Port Arthur and proud Memorial High School Titan where he graduated with honors in 2010.

He began his higher education at Lamar State College Port Arthur where he earned an Associates of Arts degree and then continued his studies at Lamar University.

Rodriguez proudly presented his degree to his father days before his father’s birthday in December 2015.

He says that his father’s life stories and experience have fostered his passion for picking up a camera to tell stories that otherwise may not be heard.

Rodriguez counts covering the 2016 Republican Debate in Houston as one of the highlights of his career so far.

He has three sisters and is an avid Lamar Cardinals football fan.