Breaking News with Gator Alum Trevier Gonzalez
October 1, 2020
Trevier Gonzalez’s career has brought him to the front lines of breaking news events. The Orange native and multimedia journalist recognizes that his experiences as a student at Lamar State College Orange played a role in preparing him for his work.
“Reporters have to be able to do everything,” he said. “It’s pretty interesting.”
From being comfortable talking to strangers and being in tough situations, to writing engaging and newsworthy stories, to taking photos and producing videos, Trevier’s skillset comes from years of hard work across multiple news outlets. It started, though, with some journalism and theater interests in high school and encouragement from faculty at LSCO.
“I’d done a little journalism in high school so I had an idea of what it was but I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do,” he said. “I joined the Speech and Debate team at LSCO and did some really cool stuff with Kevin Doss and that started setting the stage for the future.”
Trevier admits that he has always been a driven, outgoing, people-person and able to talk to anyone, but the guidance of instructor Kevin Doss “laid out what it means to be a good speaker.”
“He’s a mainstay at LSCO. I had him from basic public speaking to a prose class,” he said. “I got a lot of experience from him.”
During his time at LSCO, Trevier served as the president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and earned a spot on the Dean’s list. He graduated in 2015 with an Associate’s degree in Communication.
Trevier then studied at Lamar University and while he was a student he interned at 91.3 KVLU Public Radio, reported and anchored at LUTV, and also wrote for the Lamar University Press newspaper. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in Broadcast.
His education and experience landed him a position in Roswell, New Mexico as a crime reporter with the Roswell Daily Record and then as a photojournalist for KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He recently accepted a position as a multimedia journalist in Corpus Christi.
Looking back at his time at LSCO, Trevier shared some advice for current and future Gator students.
“I would say that despite what certain people might say about smaller colleges and what they have to offer, within them are experienced people willing to share their wisdom,” he said. “It will take drive to seek out what you want. Explore your options and stay determined. Pursue each class like it’s a step closer to getting the career you want – in anything, really. It’s possible and I like to think I’m some sign of that.”