The Mid-Valley Town Crier has hired Dina Arévalo, a seasoned journalist from the Rio Grande Valley, to helm its news operation as editor.
Arévalo has a bachelor’s in art from Baylor University, graduating in 2004 and subsequently landing a job that same year at KRGV-TV as an associate producer and editor. She went on to work for the Valley Morning Star as a photojournalist from 2008 to 2013.
She then continued her local journalism career by taking the editor job at the Port Isabel-South Padre Press in December 2014, serving in a dual capacity as the editor of its sister weekly paper, the South Padre Parade. Arévalo covered local governments, school districts and crime during her time in the Laguna Madre area, as well as the energy industry, not to mention environmental news from local refuges and habitats.
Among the stories she broke during her time there, Arévalo reported on the first government entity to oppose the liquefied natural gas terminals for proposed construction at the Port of Brownsville, and has extensively reported on the subject since 2015. This includes updates from local, state and federal government agencies as well as grass roots environmental opposition regarding the LNG facilities.
Other coverage included breaking and in-depth reporting on the city of Port Isabel’s various legal issues involving former city employees, failed or delayed projects, and a federal housing discrimination lawsuit, among other litigation. “We’re excited to bring Dina aboard and even more excited to see her apply her brand of journalism to our Mid-Valley coverage,” said Stephan Wingert, publisher of The Monitor and MVTC.
Wingert, who also serves as regional vice president for AIM Media Texas, parent company of The Monitor, MVTC, the Valley Morning Star and The Brownsville Herald, hopes Arévalo’s hiring will continue efforts to provide extensive coverage from the Weslaco, Donna andMercedes area, as well as Progreso and the Delta Lake communities.
“I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with the Mid-Valley and telling the stories that are important to the people here,” Arévalo said. “I hope to provide the kind of in-depth reporting on local politics, crime, commerce and education that readers of the Crier and The Monitor are already familiar with, while also expanding our coverage of sports, culture and community news.”