March 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 5 mins
aron bender, bias, cheer, concussion, curly hair, depression, failure, football, forgiveness, girl dad, grief, hard work, hispanic, ilyana capellan, journalism, joy, latina, loss, love, music, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, self care, struggle, success, tennessee, therapy
Aron Bender talks with Ilyana Capellan. She grew up in Aliso Viejo in Orange County, California, a Dominicana-Mexicana who learned early on she liked being out of her comfort zone. That would help explain her decision to go to a Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, travel the country on reality TV shoots, and take a TV reporting gig at WDHN in Dothan, Alabama. But now Ilyana is a lot closer to home. She just started as morning reporter at KGET in Bakersfield. We talk about how she developed her love for storytelling, growing up and then going to college surrounded by people who don't look like her, pressure to "fit in" and straighten her super curly hair, and how she manages post-concussion syndrome from a bunch of cheer injuries.