Valentina Wilson loves to write and is currently finishing up her first novel. While working as a TV journalist, she also served as a freelance writer and/or editor for various publications including ESSENCE magazine, The Las Vegas Sentinel Voice and The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.
Val has earned national and local recognition for her work including a first place Excellence in Medical Reporting Award from the Louisiana State Medical Society, first place Associated Press Award for Best Spot News and two School Bell awards for education reporting. The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded Val with a Community Service Award for her year-long series on stroke prevention and awareness.
Val has received journalism fellowships from Families USA, the California Endowment, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Casey Journalism Center. Another fellowship from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation sent Val to Germany and Belgium, where she interviewed political and religious leaders and stood before the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Born and raised in Pride, La., about 40 miles outside Baton Rouge, Val received a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University (summa cum laude) with a minor in Political Science. She was named an LSU Woman of Distinction in 2001.
Val was formerly a member of the LSU Student Media Advisory Board and volunteered with various mentoring groups. She loves genealogy, antiques, shopping for clothes and shoes, and working out several days a week.