Hooked on Hope 2018
10th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament
Bio of Linda Hurtato
Emcee: Kickoff Reception & Silent Auction: Friday, October 12, 2018
Hi, my name is Linda Hurtado, and I anchor the FOX 13 News at Noon as well as the FOX 13 News at 5 with Cynthia Smoot. I’m a 20-year veteran of TV news here in Tampa Bay, and am thrilled to be part of the talented family here at FOX 13.
I always wanted to become a journalist and learned the ropes at the University of Georgia -- Go Dawgs! I’ve worked at TV stations in Fort Myers and Orlando before coming to Tampa. I know this great state well! I’ve won 12 Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow award, Associated Press awards, Society of Professional Journalism awards, and a Florida Bar award for a variety of news and health stories.
I’ve traveled to Haiti and Cuba covering in-depth reports. During my TV career, I have covered numerous hurricanes including Andrew and Charley, a Stanley Cup championship, a Super Bowl championship, and the Republican National Convention, where I landed the only local TV interview with Ann Romney. I’ve also hosted or anchored many live events, including the Martin Luther King and Gasparilla parades, and NASA space shuttle launches.
I take pride in being very connected and involved in my community. I’ve been a keynote speaker at many local events, such as the Women of Influence luncheon hosted by the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Man and Woman of the Year awards sponsored by Tampa’s Hispanic Heritage, Inc. I hosted the local MDA Telethon for over 10 years, emceed the local Dancing with the Stars event that benefits local charities, and the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Hospital's Valentine Day event as well as events for St. Jude's Children’s Hospital.
I’ve been very active with the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events long before my own diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, because my mother was a breast cancer survivor until the disease finally took her life in 1995. Since my own diagnosis and recovery, I’ve become the local emcee for the Susan G. Komen events. I support the Face of Courage non-profit as well as the My Hope Chest that funds reconstruction for women who do not have insurance. And every year I donate proceeds from A Shoot for a Cure to the Florida Hospital Foundation to fund mammograms for women without insurance.
When not working, you can find me at sporting events cheering on my two high school-aged daughters. I have two stepchildren, two biological daughters, an adopted son from Cuba, and two English bulldogs. My husband Jorge and I love volunteering at non-profits and supporting Tampa’s NHL Lightning, NFL Buccaneers and MLB Rays. We have a big, busy traditional Cuban family, deeply rooted in the Tampa Bay community.
Hooked on Hope, Inc. is a local non-profit organization founded in 2009 serving the breast cancer patients of Tampa Bay. The organization proudly serves patients across all Tampa Bay Communities for un-insured and under insured patients. Hooked on Hope raises funds through an annual inshore fishing tournament, silent auction, pamper party, annual golf tournament, sponsorships, general donations, and community partnerships.
Hooked on Hope funds are disbursed year-round through ‘treatment support grants’ which provide direct patient care and support to patients during their difficult journey through breast cancer treatment. Funds are allocated for doctor visit office co-pays, hospital co-pays, prescriptions, and living expenses. In addition, the organization partners with specialists for patients suffering from the debilitating condition known as ‘lymphedema.’ Lymphedema services include physical therapy, sleeves, and gloves. The organization also pays for specialty mastectomy bras and breast prosthetics.
The Hooked on Hope Community Partnership Program helps reach breast cancer patients throughout the vast communities that comprise Tampa Bay. The organization remains steadfast in its commitment to expanding services and funding through its community partners.
Hooked on Hope is ‘Making a World of Difference Right Here in the Tampa Bay Communities.’ To date, Hooked on Hope has raised over $360,000! The breast cancer patients of Tampa Bay need your support! Many sponsorship and donor opportunities are available. Won’t you partner with us and get ‘Hooked on Hope!