Northeast News Education Intern Daisy Garcia Montoya completed her Masters in Public Administration – Urban Policy (MPA) at University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) this week.
As a first generation Mexican-American student, Garcia Montoya is known among peers and colleagues as a dedicated student, graduating first from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in 2017, earning her Associates from Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley, and then transferring to UMKC as a Legacy Scholar to complete a Bachelors in Communications/Journalism & Political Science with minors in International Studies and Criminal Justice with honors in 2021.
Garcia Montoya was familiar with the Northeast before working at the Northeast News. She grew up in the North Blue Ridge neighborhood, just east of I-435 and 24 Highway, and she attends Holy Cross Parish. She also coached Soccer for Success at Mattie Rhodes Center.
Starting at the Northeast News in 2020 as a summer intern, Garcia Montoya stepped up to provide coverage between Managing Editors Elizabeth Orosco and Abby Hoover. Since then, she’s been a reliable and enthusiastic contributor.
During her time at UMKC, Garcia Montoya was a Henry W. Bloch Legacy Scholar and a Graduate Student Ambassador, participated in Multicultural Student Affairs, the Latinx Student Union and Avanzando Mentoring Program, the Honors College, College Democrats, Latinos of Tomorrow and HerCampus.
Garcia Montoya works for U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver’s Kansas City office, starting as a Congressional Fellow, and later a Congressional Caseworker. She will begin her role as a Community Affairs Liaison following graduation. She was also a Kauffman Foundation Public Affairs Intern, and a Communications Intern in Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas’s office.
In 2022, Revolución Educativa (RevED) tapped Garcia Montoya to provide education reporting in Spanish for the Northeast News through an exciting and innovative partnership.
The Northeast News staff is proud of Daisy’s academic accomplishments and wish her the best on her future endeavors.