Multimedia Producer

Maritza Cruz

Multimedia Producer

About

My Story

Just a 4’11 Chicana storyteller interested in bringing diverse voices to the forefront of news and cinema. I’m an award-winning multimedia journalist, currently based in Tucson, AZ, with a passion for storytelling — both visual and written. I’ve been published in both print and digital formats and covered a variety of topics such as immigration, food, festivals, women’s rights, sports and more. I recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in May 2018 with my B.A. in Journalism.

“I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves.”

– Lena Waithe, screenwriter for Master of None

Experience

My Resume

Articles

Short docs

Videos

Photo Sessions

Featured Works

McHugh Takes Her Cue

2019

From center stage to music director, Lindsey McHugh, a blind music teacher, first discovered her love for theatre and music on the ASDB stage during a performance of Alice in Wonderland. Now, she teaches at Marjorie W Estes Elementary School. Her advice to visually impaired and blind students is to seize every opportunity because nothing can hold them back.

Trump’s immigration policies haunt refugees with criminal pasts

2018

Borey Ai came to the United States when he was 4 years old fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. After being sentenced to life in prison for a crime he committed at 14, Ai seeks redemption after his release. However, he now faces possible deportation under the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

Shelter Me

2017

A documentary on the homeless youth crisis in Arizona centered on a young woman who became homeless at 16 after leaving an abusive household. Created for sophomore-year multimedia term project, University of Arizona. Placed 11th in the national Hearst Multimedia News Competition.

Education

University of Arizona, School of Journalism

May 2018

University of Southern California, School of cinematic arts

January 2021

B.A. in Journalism
Minor in Multimedia

M.F.A in Film & TV Production

Work

My Recent Work

From movies to geeking out, Tucson’s podcasters talk about it

Article, Arizona Daily Star, 2018

Trump's immigration policies haunt refugees with criminal pasts

Video, The Mercury News, 2018

McHugh Takes Her Cue

Video, ASDB Media, 2019

La Placita apartments will give a nod to downtown Tucson’s past

Article, Arizona Daily Star, 2018

PHOTOS

Gallery

Check out some of my personal and professional images. Previously published in The Mercury News, East Bay Times, Arizona Athletics, Edible Baja Arizona and more.

Blog

My Writing

My first love was writing. From short stories to articles, check out these written clips featured in the Arizona Daily Star, Daily Wildcat, Edible Baja Arizona, Tombstone Epitaph and Arizona Sonora News Service.

Contact Me

Get In Touch

I’m always looking for more stories to share. Reach out to me for inquiries or tips and we’ll create something together.

Tucson, Arizona

Maritza Cruz

Multimedia Producer