Cristina Mendonsa is a journalist, writer, executive producer, narrator and communications scholar.
Cristina started as a newspaper reporter in Northern California and spent several years in radio before transitioning to television as a consumer reporter for CBS in Sacramento. Her career has taken her to Washington DC, Israel, and China where she has earned regional and national EMMY and Edward R Murrow Awards.
For two decades, Cristina has anchored multiple newscasts for ABC in Sacramento and NBC in Denver
bringing context and understanding to the news of the day while producing award winning investigative stories, college curriculum and serving several community initiatives on mental illness, cancer research and veteran services .
Cristina’s other projects include moderating for the Sacramento Speakers Series
, which hosts top caliber personalities from politics, education, science and entertainment. She serves on a board for international entrepreneurship through the Centers for International Trade Development
and consults on college curriculum while producing/narrating trade lectures. She has started/owned three businesses and has an understanding of real-world entrepreneurial issues.
Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University of Washington
as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Journalism from CSU Sacramento. As part of her graduate program, Cristina conducted a national study on broadcast journalist work habits. Her research and thesis explored the changing workflow of journalists in the top 20 media markets. Other academic pursuits include
coursework at the Poynter Institute of Media Studies
in St. Petersburg, Florida.
A wine enthusiast, Cristina loves to explore appellations throughout the US and around the world. She is also an avid home exchanger and an expert in this niche travel method having completed dozens of exchanges over the last decade. Cristina and her husband, author/educator, Jonathan Robinette, live in Northern California.