By Haley Yates
The Dallas Morning News
On TV, the local anchors may seem like a far-away friend, delivering news to you every morning or evening, but you can spot them at Klyde Warren Park, getting their car registration or shopping at NorthPark.
We've talked to some of our favorite local news stars and got the inside scoop on their daily lives. Today: Cynthia Izaguirre, anchor for WFAA's 10 p.m. broadcast. We recently caught up with her via email.
Cynthia was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but was raised in Dallas from age 1. She's the mother of twins, and has two sisters, nieces, nephews, and "awesome in-laws." She cools down in the Texas heat by hitting the pool at the local recreation center, and spends her vacations in Puerto Rico’s Culebra Island.
Talking for a living must be difficult. What are some of the biggest "oops" moments you've had?
What's the best thing about your job? The worst?
Helping people is the best part. The worst is covering stories that literally make you sick to your stomach.
Name a place in the Dallas area where your viewers most frequently spot you off the clock.
The Macy’s at NorthPark.
When you have out-of-town friends come to Dallas, what are your favorite places to take them?
Dallas Zoo, The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Perot Museum.
When you look back at your broadcast job here in Dallas, what do you hope you've accomplished?
Through my weekly report, Wednesday’s Child, my hope is to help find a loving home for as many foster children as humanly possible.
What's the craziest thing that has happened behind the scenes?
When I worked with Ron Corning on Daybreak, he always had us in stitches during commercial breaks doing something outrageous. Sometimes it was running around the desk, other times it was choking on an almond right before we came on the air. Never a dull moment with Ron.
Have you ever had any weird fan mail/ social media interactions with fans?
You’re always going to have the viewers who send in weird emails and gifts. The worst was in Abilene when a man kept sending cans of cherries to the newsroom for me.
Have you ever experienced any "diva" moments in the TV business?
I try to keep it real. The day I get too big for my britches is the day I need to leave the business. There’s no time to be a diva. Too much work to get done. And too many people to love..
Do you have any pets?
My precious dog Muneca. I call her my first born. I've had her since she was 8 weeks old. She’s now 10. She was there before the husband and the children. Truly, my best friend!!
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A Christmas Story. I can quote the entire movie.
Follow Cynthia Izaguirre on Twitter at @wfaaizzy.