Hatzel Vela

Hatzel Vela

Hatzel Vela recently joined the ABC7/WJLA-TV team. Prior to coming to the Washington market, he was a reporter at KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ.

Hatzel is Nicaraguan by birth, but was raised in Miami. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from Florida International University, where he was twice named editor in chief of the weekly student newspaper, The Beacon. While still in college, he also worked behind the scenes as an associate producer for WSVN, the Fox affiliate.

His first on-air gig was as a reporter at WCSC, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC. One of his more memorable stories was the 2008 South Carolina Presidential Primaries because of his interest in politics. He had the chance to meet almost all of the presidential contenders.

In 2009, after South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admitted to having an affair with an Argentine woman, Hatzel was the reporter who tracked down the first photos of Sanford’s mistress.

When he’s not working, Hatzel enjoys exploring Washington, D.C. and all the things the city has to offer.

His first sightseeing adventure was the National Archives, where he couldn’t wait to see the Declaration of Independence and Constitution for the first time. If he’s home, he likes to cook and read a good book and from time to time, he enjoys a little video game action.

Any chance he gets, he goes home to Miami to see family and friends and looks forward to eating his favorite food: Nicaraguan and Cuban.

Hatzel loves social media as a way to stay in touch with you. If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, e-mail him at hvela@wjla.com or follow him on Twitter.

Contact Hatzel

Twitter: @hatzelvela
WJLA
1100 Wilson BLVD, Suite 601 Arlington, VA 22209

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