My name is Gabriela Tumani Soubhia Giesteira (yes, it’s a long name, my parents had trouble deciding between just two last names). I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and came to the United States with the dream of becoming a journalist reporting on international affairs.

I study Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Oklahoma and currently work as a Washington, D.C., Correspondent for Gaylord News, a news media outlet based out of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

I have worked for the past year and a half as a host-content creator for KGOU Public Radio in Norman, Oklahoma. I was also an associate producer, a live reporter and trilingual briefer on our student-produced newscast, OU Nightly.

I’ve also got the opportunity to intern at a local news station in the fall 2022 semester. Every Wednesday, I am able to shadow a reporter at KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City. This experience has allowed me to see how a real news station works and to strengthen my on-camera reporting skills.

I worked in the summer of 2022 for News21, an investigative journalism reporting project, as a photo and video reporter, producing an entire bilingual documentary. I previously served as a junior news reporter for the OU Daily, also working as the Student Government Association (SGA) beat reporter.

Writing, communications, and traveling are some of my passions. I want to be able to travel a lot while reporting on the global community (that’s why I’m also minoring in International Studies).

I believe in the power of words. I believe they can change the world for the better if used properly. And, as a journalist, that’s exactly what I am pursuing: I want my words to create an impact in the world and make a difference in people’s lives.

Fun fact: I will never deny a cup of coffee.