Our  Host / Reporter

Natalia Cristina
Brazil Host/Reporter
Natalia was born in Bahia, Brazil. She is the newest addition to the Host/Reporter family. Natalia joined En La Escena when she obtained an assignment posting photos on the social media sites and translating event footage for program specials that were being edited for broadcast in Brazil. After a camera man recorded Natalia’s natural interaction with event attendees in Rio, her role in front of the camera was sealed with En La Escena/On The Scene. Natalia transitioned into the position of reporter for network coverage in Portuguese at the 2014 Rio Carnival and Soccer World Cup in 2014. Because international event attendees come from all around the world and speak multiple languages, Natalia is able to connect with people from most everywhere. She speaks Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish and is currently learning English.
Sandra Escallon
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Sandra developed a passion for cultural artistic expressions. She studied Communications and participated in cultural activities during her time at Montclair University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Sandra’s passion for learning and enjoying cultural activities led her to participate at parades, festivals, concerts, and dances that celebrated dozens of cultures from around the world. It wasn’t long before she mastered a professional style and learned the basics in hosting and reporting. Sandra obtained a position as a Segment Reporter with En La Escena/On The Scene. Some of Sandra’s best work can be seen in footage from The Colombian Film Festival and Latin Fashion Week. She lives by the statement “believing in your dreams, love, and listening to your heart are the tools to be a light for yourself and for the world.” Sandra enjoys the perk that her position creates; to connect with people and celebrate cultural differences.
Mara Sanchez
Reporter and Producer of ELE/OntheScene

Mara Sanchez – Biography

Mara’s journey as an Actress and Singer-Songwriter and Producer began in New York City. She’s performed in the U.S., Europe, and Japan and has appeared in venues such as S.O.B’s, CAMI Hall, and the Apollo Theater. She has performed with greats like Stevie Wonder and has worked with renowned Broadway musical directors Michael Dansicker, Kent Dash and choreographer Graciela Daniele.

Mara has also amassed a fast-growing list of television, commercial, voice over, film, and theater credits appearing on Madame Secretary and PBS. She’s enjoyed a rich acting career, gracing the stages of some of New York’s most reputable off-Broadway theaters like The Public, and Theater Row. She also appears in a number of independent films. “The Wannabe”, was awarded best film in HB0’s Latino Film Festival.

She was also a featured performer for Disney’s tribute to Chita Rivera. Mara released a CD of original music, “Open Windows” which was met with great enthusiasm and received airplay on Break Through Radio and on Puerto Rico’s premier radio station - Radio Oro. Mara is currently working as a contributing producer/reporter for ELE/On the Scene; producing segments on entertainment and documentaries.   

Member of: Screen Actor’s Guild

                      Women in Film – NY

                      Actors Equity Association

                      BMI Songwriters

Yesenia De Avila
Entertainment & Lifestyle Host Reporter, Writer, Producer
Yesenia De Avila is an entertainment media and publicity professional with over 15 years experience and and an acute vision to produce creative and culturally inspiring content. ​ A native Californian, and graduate of California State University of San Bernardino where she majored in Mass Media Communications and Spanish, De Avila began her media career as an intern at Univision KMEX in Los Angeles and also the prestigious Lee Solters agency in Beverly Hills. Soon after, she become a publicist for Reyes Entertainment, the award-winning multi-cultural firm based in Los Angeles. Having her eyes set on the East Coast, De Avila moved to New York to assist publisher and founder Christy Haubegger for the ground breaking launch of Latina Magazine. As entertainment editor De Avila acquired publishing experience and worked with A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Christy Turlington as well as some notable Hispanics such as Astronaut Ellen Ochoa and Iconic Latino activist, Dolores Huerta. Next, De Avila was recruited by Geoscape, the former Latin Force public relations firm, specializing in marketing to Hispanics. She spearheaded a team and help secure talent and writers for the popular TV children series “Go, Diego, Go!” Currently, De Avila continues consulting as a New York based publicist and was a recent on-air talent at Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal,” where she wrote, produced and appeared in news-magazine segments including features such as “Tats Cru,” “Lia Neal-Olympic Swimmer” “Brooklyn Fencing” and “Pop Up Pianos." A sought after voiceover artist and long time member of SAG-AFTRA, De Avila has also recorded numerous commercial, radio and television spots for clients including Avon, Lancôme, Clinique, Kohl’s, McDonald’s, LensCrafters and Walt Disney. As a wife and mother De Avila enjoys the diverse cultural and culinary offerings of New York along with her husband Ronnie, and daughter Sofia. A proud New Yorker by choice, she says, “I became an adult here. I always felt embraced here.” De Avila is always on the lookout for new challenges. “I want to be involved with projects that inspire me,” says De Avila,“And I will always celebrate my Latino culture.”
Thalia Perez
Born and raised in New York, Thalia has evolved into a top communicator. She is an Emmy Award winning reporter in NYC who worked for WABC TV, Channel 7 Eyewitness News. Thalia graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Communications and began her news career covering traffic for Metro Traffic and Weather. She moved into hard news working for RNN TV in New York City. Thalia also spent time reporting for News 12 NJ and CT as well as WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News in Hartford, CT. Thalia has covered many major events featuring a variety of subjects. Thalia is one of the best in the industry and she is a senior Host/Reporter on the En La Escena/On The Scene team where she delivers the facts in a fun and exciting way. During her free time, Thalia participates in the Apollo Theater Academy working with high-school students considering career options.
Karen Jeanette Gutierrez
Born in Beverly Hills, California with roots from a Honduras background in Central America is one of our most exciting Host/Reporters. At the age of 18, Karen was 3rd Runner-up in the Miss Teen USA pageant where she received top scores for her beautiful appearance and natural interaction in front of the camera. Karen went on to do print modeling and walked in fashion shows which included: NYFW, Couture Fashion Week, NJFW and with Designers Alicat Avril, Elena.V and Sachika Twins. Her vibrant personality caught the eye of the Ascend En La Escena production team during multiple fashion events in Miami and New York City. Karen continues to be one of the most sought after Host/Reporters on the team. She returned to South Beach, Miami and covered Mercedes Benz Fashion Week as a reporter. Karen continues to excel in her position and enjoys traveling to branding events everywhere.
Charell Star
Tech & Lifestyle Host/Reporter
A native New Yorker, Charell is a passionate and talented host/reporter. A fashion, beauty and tech contributor to MadameNoire and MommyNoire, she also pens her own popular lifestyle blog – Not Just A Girl In A Dress. Named a “2015 Follow-worthy Blogger” by Black Enterprise Magazine, Charell has cultivated a signature style to delivering the news of the day. A graduate of Boston University, Charell has also contributed fashion and tech trend segments to WNBC TV – NBC 4 New York Live and WNYW TV – Fox 5 Good Day New York. She is senior Host/Reporter for On The Scene Tech with Charell Star where she aims to keep New Yorkers informed on how tech can make their lives more fun, productive or interesting
George Roberts
Fashion Host/Reporter
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil George grew up in a location known for having some of the most beautiful people in the world. He enjoyed celebrating the internal and physical characteristics that people exude. George initially worked with photographer Carlao Limeira on various projects for Elite Models in Brazil, which led to his first of many modeling assignments in retail catalogs. With good looks and a great personality, George was often asked to host some of the larger fashion shows and soon became known for generating excitement at the most popular events. George journeyed to New York City and began hosting live cultural events which ultimately led to a position as Host/Reporter with En La Escena/On The Scene. He also writes for So Festa Magazine and interviews branding and business professionals who have involvement in the arts. George is a popular choice to report and host events and activities that honor the Brazilian Community.
Talia Castro-Pozo
Talia was born in Lima, Peru where she started dancing and modeling at an early age. She quickly excelled and won The Peruvian Press Best Dancer of the Year Award which motivated her to start acting. Talia became the face of hundreds of national and international commercials and print campaigns with brands that include American Express, American Airlines, AOL, British Airways, Coca Cola, Cooking Light Magazine, Discovery Channel, Expedia, Goldschlager, Google, Latina Magazine, Nintendo, Wella and Yahoo. Talia then developed reporting skills and became a Host/Reporter at Ascend En La Escena covering various events. As a spokesperson and entertainer, Talia is one of the most seasoned professionals on the En La Escena/On The Scene team and she delivers a unique perspective on many of the entertainment events
Kelly Camacho
As a Colombian native who grew up along the coast in Barranquilla, Kelly was captivated by the natural beauty of the area. The love of travel, fashion, health and beauty led her to explore a career centered on making people look beautiful. Kelly obtained credentials and gained 10+ years of experience as one of the highly regarded hairstylist/makeup artist in the fashion and entertainment industry. She creates signature looks for the top catwalks, utilizing a style described as fresh and flawless. Kelly also works on editorial shoots where she takes a modern approach to beauty, making her indispensable to designers, magazine editors, art directors and celebrities. She also provides professional makeup consulting and she continues to stretch her artistic abilities. Kelly joined the En La Escena/On The Scene team as a Reporter/Host covering fashion and beauty events where she delivers a unique perspective from behind the scenes.
Lauren Leon
Lauren is a talented reporter and radio personality of Dominican descent. She developed aspirations to work as a news reporter at an early age, viewing them as powerful and savvy, so she pursued a career in Television. Lauren speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese which allows her to communicate with people from around globe. She is a Radio Host for BlogTalkRadio.com and Reporter/Host at En La Escena. Lauren has a natural vibe with audiences at international and urban events. The segments that she host are spicy and filled with excitement. Lauren enjoys conducting interviews with celebrities who share projects that are outside of the talent that bought them fame. In her time with En La Escena/On The Scene, Lauren has successfully interviewed some of the hottest celebrities on the planet.
Andrew Rosario
Sport Host/Reporter
Andrew has an extensive knowledge of all things sports! He started his career as a sportswriter with the New York Beacon. Andrew covered events that include the Baseball World Series and All-Star Games, NFL Super Bowls; NBA Finals and All-Star Games, U.S. Open Tennis matches and championships; and World Championship Boxing events. He is a member of the Latino Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. Andrew’s vibrant personality led to guest appearances on the WCBS-TV program Sports From The Roundtable; host of the program Sports New York Style, co-host of What’s The 411, and producer for ABC Sports Radio during the Summer Olympics from Sydney, Australia. Andrew joined the En La Escena/On The Scene team as a Senior Sports Reporter. He continues to provide significant coverage of the most outstanding sporting events and he conducts the most exciting interviews with the world’s top athletes.
Ameena Dove Rivera
Born and raised in a Latin household of music and dance, Ameena Dove cherished the natural rhythmic celebrations shared in her family. She grew into a talented actress, model, dancer, and interviewer. She attended a casting at Giant Magazine and obtained the lead role in the drama series, Technique, directed by Scott Paulson-Bryant. Ameena Dove was also casted as a dancer in the New Line Cinema movie, Be Kind Rewind, starring Jack Black, Mos Def and Danny Glover. She expresses herself with such poise and charismas that people gravitate towards her. Ameena Dove became more passionate about fashion and entertainment behind the scenes. She worked to sharpen her interviewing skills and obtained freelance assignments. Ameena Dove obtained a position with En La Escena/On The Scene as a Reporter/Host where she is a viable member of the team.
Leticia Reyes
Leticia was born to soar in her pursuit of becoming an entertainer. At the age of eight, she regularly took the stage acting in musicals. As a professionally trained singer, Leticia performed at many events and was a member of the Seton Hall University Gospel Choir. Her physical beauty led to her obtaining many modeling assignments for various print publications. Leticia’s natural talent and skills as an actor and entertainer have also led to her obtaining many on-screen appearances. She was host of two television shows for the Caribbean American News Network – Leticia On The Scene and Caribbean Carnival And Travel With Leticia. Leticia was also featured as the resident mixologist on the Dominican television show, "Que Comemos Hoy". She can be seen online at Latinos In Entertainment.com, on the program Spotlight On. Leticia is a Host/Reporter for En La Escena/On The Scene where she delivers outstanding interviews at Caribbean festivals and events.
Dilenia Gutierrez
Born in the Bronx, New York in a Dominican family, Dilenia was inspired to embrace creativity with everything she did. She loved posing for the camera and attended the High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan. Dilenia worked as a host for the television show Entre New York y Quisqueya which aired in New York and Dominican Republic. She pursued more work in the television industry and obtained some freelance assignments. While Dilenia was a student at Lehman College, majoring in Communications, she explored new techniques and different ways of blending her Spanish culture with the mainstream. Dilenia obtained internships at La Mega 97.9fm and Amor 93.1fm radio stations where she gained vital media experience. With a knack for effectively communicating with people, Dilenia obtained a position with Ascend En La Escena as a Host/Reporter who reports in both Spanish and English.
J.I. Starr
Producer and On Air Talent
J.I.Starr “El Boriqua de New York” is a Radio Air Personality, DJ, voice-over artist, master of ceremonies and entrepreneur. Born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan to Puerto Rican parents who hail from Mayaguez and Hormigueros, and loved Tito Rodriguez, Tito Puente, Ismael Rivera, Machito.
Omayra Jimenez
Born in New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico, Omayra started modeling at an early age. Her accomplishments include modeling assignments for Hawaiian Tropic and Coors Light and she also won bikini competitions in the Dominican Republic. Omayra worked for the international brand Benetton and enjoyed modeling at their annual fashion shows. She was educated at the University of Ponce in Puerto Rico and shortly after moved to New York City. Omayra’s goal is to be an unforgettable communicator. She worked as a co-host on the show De Aqui Pa Alla con el Pacha. Omayra was featured on the cover of several Latin Magazines and Newspapers. She developed an acting workshop and En La Escena produced the spinoff segment, Omayra Jimenez Woman Empowering. Omayra is a Reporter/Host at Ascend En La Escena. She covers news worthy entertainment segments at branded events celebrations.
Lisbeth Lora
Lisbeth was born and raised in New York City. She is a fitness, print, and fashion model who has graced the runways and cameras of New York’s hottest fashion events. Lisbeth has walked for dozens of designers including Rosita Hurtado, Xiomara Hernandez, Keidy Amaya and Marco Hall. Her talent has been showcased on many networks including Telemundo, Buenos Dias Nueva York, VH1, and in a Latin Fashion Week TV commercial. Lisbeth is an advocate for women believing in self-love, self-acceptance, confidence and faith. She also believes modeling is an expressive art form and it tells a story without words. Lisbeth enjoys festive events that bring people together to celebrate cultural likenesses and differences, generating fun and excitement. She loves connecting with people as a Reporter/Host with Ascend En La Escena. Lisbeth is warm and passionate with a temperament that draws people to her everywhere she goes.

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