Journalist – Executive Producer – Content Director – Entrepreneur

Cristina Mendonsa is an EMMY and Murrow award-winning journalist, writer and executive producer. She is the founder of Mendonsa Media and Director of Content for MindMeld Studios.  Her reputation for combining a direct approach with a warm interview style has allowed her to secure stories with top newsmakers for 30 years and gain the trust of viewers and listeners in California for over two decades. 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 currently produces a weekday report for KFBK radio and IHeartMedia as well as a weekly newscast called, “The Short List“.

Cristina’s other past projects include moderating for the Sacramento Speakers Series, which hosts top caliber personalities from politics, education, science and entertainment.  She currently 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.

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Credits 

Anchor/Reporter: Late News Tonight ABC10, News10 at 5pm, News10 at 6pm, News10 at 11pm, 9News Mornings

Host: Late News Tonight,  Sacramento Speakers Series, Community Awards Ceremony, Teacher of the Year

Producer: News10 Remembers (1999), Emerald Triangle (2010), Youth Entrepreneurship Program (2013)

Narrator: Youth Entrepreneurship Program (Centers for International Trade Development) Disney U/Doug Lipp Program

Contributor: 1859 Magazine

Acting: “A Special Place”  (2015)