Reporter recalls inspiration for career

by | May 20, 2021 | Latest

An event in her parents’ homeland triggered Diana Zo­ga’s path to her career as a tele­vision journalist.

Zoga, a consumer affairs re­porter at NBC5 (KXAS), graduat­ed from Plano East High School in 1999 and then graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. At UT, she majored in broadcast journal­ism. She was born in New York – the fam­ily lived in Brooklyn – and then moved to Richardson when she was 6-years-old. She is a first-gen­eration American. Her parents are immigrants from Kosovo.

“My whole family is back there,” she said. “My only fam­ily in the U.S. are my mom, dad and sister, and then now my husband and his family.”

Zoga was in high school when the war in Kosovo broke out, and recalls the stressful and intense times trying to find in­formation about her relatives in Kosovo, as they were affected by the war.

There’s a large and active Albanian community in North Texas, she said. Demonstrations were held here to get attention of mem­bers of Congress to pay attention to what was happening in Kosovo.

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By Don Munsch[email protected]

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