Josh Rojas has been a multimedia journalist with Spectrum Bay News 9 since 2006. In his view, the best stories are those which are compelling, impactful, and often serve as calls to action.
Josh began his career in Roswell, New Mexico over two decades ago as a reporter and anchor for local news station KOBR, then spent the next seven years working in local newsrooms in Texas and New Mexico before moving to Florida. He’s covered a number of notable stories throughout his career, including the tragic event in Seffner in which a man lost his life to a sinkhole that opened beneath his home. The event was picked up by CNN international, and in its aftermath, Josh obtained exclusive footage of the sinkhole and helped bring closure to the victim's family. He also covered the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in which he bore witness to the strength and resilience of the Tampa community.
Josh’s experiences as a reporter have strengthened his belief in the power of journalism to inform and connect people during challenging times. With multiple Associated Press awards under his belt, his pursuit of these aims has not gone unnoticed. In 2022, he won a first-place award from the Society for Professional Journalists his coverage of protests in Tampa against the Cuban government.
Like many, Josh lives for the Florida lifestyle. In his free time, he soaks up the sun at the beach and rides his bike along Coffee Pot Bayou or North Shore Park. A self-proclaimed foodie, his favorite restaurant is Parkshore Grill in downtown St. Petersburg. The best kept secret of Tampa Bay, you ask? In Josh’s opinion, it’s Outback Key.
You can reach Josh on Twitter @JoshRojasBN9, Instagram @josh.rojasbn9, and on Facebook @josh.rojas.121.