May Ortega
May Ortega worked as a general assignment reporter and primary backup host from 2019-2024.
Bachelor’s degree is Mass Communications with a Print focus from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Professional background:
May joined CPR in late 2019 after working as a public health reporter at KUNM Public Radio, the largest NPR station in New Mexico. Before joining KUNM, May had only ever worked in print newsrooms. Writing for her college paper was her first-ever job. During her college years, she interned at the Las Vegas Review-Journal then the Gazette in Colorado Springs. That was when May started listening to CPR. She also worked as a nightside breaking news reporter in her hometown of McAllen, Texas towards the end of her college education. Her first full-time job after college was as a technology and health care reporter with Albuquerque Business First.
Shortly after moving to Albuquerque, May founded the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, for which she served as president for two years. She also earned a year-long fellowship with the Association of Health Care Journalists from 2018-2019.