Storyteller and Co-Founder of The Yard Miami

Charlene Pinon is currently a graduating senior at Florida International University pursuing her bachelors in broadcast journalism at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s had a passion for stories ever since she can remember. Growing up, she would talk to pretty much anyone and her interest in stories began. While other kids would be playing with toys, she would be looking for the next Little Golden Book to add to her collection.

During her academic career at FIU, Charlene has developed her experience in TV, radio and online news. She has been an anchor on the student-produced TV news program, Bay News, and has published articles in The Miami Herald and The South Florida News Service. Her broad range of multimedia skills, including video production and editing, led her to impact some government decisions. In October 2015, one of her video news packages, about refugee families from Africa creating businesses in South Florida, was sent to Congress by Church World Services, as supporting material for a hearing on refugees. She’s also worked for Beasley Broadcasting Group as a promotions host and served as an on-camera presentation for BWN24, an independent production company. As vice president of the FIU Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she’s worked in conferences like Hispanicize 2016 where she’s interviewed subjects like Lizzie Velasquez, motivational speaker and author, and Ozzie Areu, executive producer of Tyler Perry Studios.

Aside from being a full-time student and graduating top ten percent of her class, she is also a certified personal trainer and business owner. Her personal training facility, The Yard Miami, has gained over 100 members since its debut in May 2015, less than a year ago. She has also been featured on Women’s Health Magazine for Motivation Monday in the March 2014 issue.

Pinon’s passion for fitness and nutrition have collided with her unique ability to tell stories. In May 2016, she will release her own YouTube channel called The Truth Syrup, in where she researches topics on a particular health or lifestyle issue and speaks to experts to dig the truth behind popular myths. She hopes to one day have a television show of her own where she is not only able to help millions of people reach their personal fitness goal, but help them gain their confidence through lifestyle changes and advice from people within their own community.

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