Originally born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yolian Y. Ortiz moved to the United States by pure luck. In 1997, her family made the move for a better life to a city called Springfield, Massachusetts.
She holds a B.A. in Communication and minor in History from Bay Path College (now Bay Path University) in Longmeadow, MA and a Masters of Arts in Multimedia Communications at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.
She truly embodies the Multimedia Journalist title. Ortiz started working in the television industry as a freelancer at the young age of 15 doing commercials and voice-overs in Spanish for Telemundo in Hartford, CT.
During her undergraduate studies, she took an intership with the local NBC affiliate (WWLP) in Springfield, MA. After her internship, she was immediately hired as an Associate/Web producer. She then transitioned to the position of Photojournalist/Multimedia Journalist.
In New England, Ortiz covered the June 2011 Tornado that created a 32-mile path of destruction, Hurricane Irene, and the October snow storm that left New England without power for more than a month.
She also participated in the Miss Massachusetts USA pageants. She placed in the top 5 at the at the 2004 Miss Teen Massachusetts USA pageant.
In 2011, she moved to Savannah, Georgia to work for the NBC affiliate (WSAV) and helped start a new lifestyle/magazine style show called "The Southern Scene."
At South Carolina's Educational Television (SCETV), Ortiz was the Multimedia Specialist and Producer for the regional station ETV Carolinas in Rock Hill, SC. She covered stories from Charlotte, NC all the way down I-77 to the Low Country. She was also the Director of Photography for “For Your Home,” shot on location in Charlotte, NC.
As a driven self-starter, Ortiz is always finding new ways to bring her stories to life and make them more meaningful.
Traveling is one of her favorite passions. She has traveled to Europe, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. She has also lived in Massachusetts, Hawai’i, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Her hobbies include tennis, volleyball, swimming, running, photography, and ballroom dancing.