(DOUG JESSOPJESSOP’S JOURNAL) You see Emily Florez and Marcos Ortiz interviewing people on ABC4 Utah. In this Jessop’s Journal episode we turn the tables and find out more about them as the subject of extended powerful, positive and inspirational stories.

Here is the full “The Broadcasters” episode featuring candid moments with Emily Florez and Marcos Ortiz. Jessop’s Journal is a 30-minute collection of “Powerful, Positive & Inspirational Stories” that airs Sunday morning at 10 on ABC4 Utah and worldwide at JessopsJournal.com

In this episode of Jessop’s Journal we are talking about “The Broadcasters”—

Our first guest talks about the powerful experiences she has had through mentors,

American Idol alumus, Ashley Hess, shares her positive vibe as our musical guest.

Everyone has a story. We kept with the Broadcasters theme with this week’s object. Objects with stories are Treasures Remembered(TM)

Marcos Ortiz has been a crime reporter for many years. He shares an inspirational message on what helps him have work/life balance.

But first, Emily Florez


Emily Florez was born and raised in Utah as the seventh of nine children.

Her love for broadcasting started in the eighth grade. Come to find out that one of Emily’s teachers was Clayton Brough. If that name sounds familiar, it should. Clayton was a meteorologist on ABC4 a number of years ago. That mentoring helped solidify a dream that became a reality for Emily.

What you might know is that Emily was a TV broadcaster in the windy city of Chicago before coming back home to Utah.


American Idol Alumnus, Ashley Hess, is this week’s musical guest with her song “Quiet.”


Marcos Ortiz has been the station “gumshoe” for many years. He told me about how he likes the idea of solving a mystery.

A number of years ago, I did a rare story of interviewing female inmates inside the Utah State Prison. Marcos is the person that I went to for advice before and after those interviews.

You see, as being the crime reporter for ABC4 Television, Marcos has witnessed not just one, but two death sentences carried out. Marcos was there when one of the last firing squads and one of the first lethal injections were administered.

How does he handle that kind of stress? Marcos told me it was his faith. You’ll need to watch the interview to see the powerful and inspiring full story.


Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.

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It’s my honor to be able to share, Jessop’s Journal, a 30-minute collection of Powerful, Positive and Inspirational Stories every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on ABC4 to all of Utah along with parts of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Jessop’s Journal is also available worldwide at JessopsJournal.com.

With another entry into Jessop’s Journal, I’m Doug Jessop.

Doug Jessop
For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 years old growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else that might have a good story. You can follow Doug at www.DougJessop.com, on YouTube.com/DougJessop, and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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