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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants who came to San Antonio in the 1960s. She was raised in a military family and has always called the city home. She studied journalism at San Antonio College and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She's been a reporter in San Antonio and Castroville, Texas, and in Syracuse and Ithaca, New York.

Jolene spent several years as Managing Editor of The Ithaca Voice where she enjoyed the city's gorges and restaurants (especially Shortstop) but missed San Antonio tacos constantly. She's tried Cincinnati chili and thinks anything served with a side bag of cheese is exceptional.