Michelle San Miguel
Multimedia Journalist

Michelle San Miguel is a recent graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  While there, she double majored in broadcast journalism and international relations

In Syracuse, Michelle reported for ABC News on Campus, served as the executive producer of CitrusTV Noticias, and reported for CONNECT, a public affairs program airing around Central New York. She also spent a summer interning at the NBC and Telemundo duopoly in Miami, where she reported for the intern newscast.  A native of Miami, Michelle has always had an interest in the Latino community and hopes to report from Latin America some day.

18 and Enlisted
More than a Warrior

The Waiting Game

Photo by: AJ Chavar

The Starkel family is on baby alert. After spending Tuesday night at Mid-Valley Hospital, Cassie Starkel thought she would be giving birth the following morning. But it looks like baby Garryn isn't ready to make his debut to the world just yet. Cassie's doctor told her she could leave the hospital Wednesday morning after only dilating 1 centimeter. She's been told she needs to be 4 centimeters dilated to have a caesarean section.

The Starkel family

Photo by: Katy Hurst

Just four years after his last deployment with the United States Marine Corps, Jared Starkel stands at the grave of a beloved family member. Buried in the Oroville Riverview Cemetery are family members who served in the military. As he stands in the pouring rain to honor his loved ones, his children gallop throughout the grounds, placing flowers on the graves.

Meeting Jared: A ...

Photo by: AJ Chavar

Nearly five miles from the western Canadian border lives Jared Starkel.

After three tours in Iraq, Jared traded in his not-so-distant memory of combat for a "calmer" life as a father and grocer.

Of course, "calmer" is a relative term for a dad with three kids (and one on the way) whose kids' ages range from two to nine-years-old.