headshot of Maritza Cruz

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.

In 2018, I was named a Chips Quinn Scholar and interned for The Mercury News/Bay Area News Group in San Jose, CA. At the Mercury News, I worked as a photographer and videographer where I shot and produced content for the print and digital publication on a daily basis. Previously, I was an intern for the Arizona Daily Star as a features apprentice where I wrote articles for the weekly Caliente and Home and Life sections. In Fall 2017, I worked at Arizona Athletics as a photography intern where I was first introduced to sports photography. Since then, I have covered the San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants and the 49ers.

Published in the past by The Daily Wildcat, Tombstone Epitaph, Arizona Sonora News Service and the since disbanded Edible Baja Arizona (now Edible Communities).

My first documentary as a student journalist, Shelter Meplaced 11th in the nation in the Hearst Multimedia News Competition. In addition, I was awarded the “Excellence in Multimedia Journalism” award from the University of Arizona School of Journalism. 

I worked at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind after graduation where I learned to collaborate and communicate with a variety of visually impaired and hearing impaired individuals. I even relearned American Sign Language. Someday, I hope to share the diverse voices of these historically underrepresented groups whose rich stories rarely reach mainstream news and cinema.

I’ve always been a storyteller. I used to scribble short stories and character doodles on wide-ruled notebook paper before I tried to ride a bike (not-so-fun fact: I still can’t). My first love was writing and acting. Then in college I found a passion behind the camera. I’m inspired most by trailblazers like Ava DuVernay, Alfonso Cuarón, Sam Levinson, Peter Jackson and George Lucas. When I’m not freelancing or writing fiction, I’m binge-watching every show, documentary and movie series I can get my hands on.

Let’s create something together.