So, you're who? - Catholic Courier

So, you’re who?

“So, you work with Annette, then, right?”

No, unfortunately I never had the pleasure of working with former El Mensajero Católico/Catholic Courier staff writer Annette Jiménez.

My name is Ketsia Rodr√≠guez, and on Jan. 7 I became the new staff writer for El Mensajero as well as the Catholic Courier’s central Monroe County region. Annette and I did get the opportunity to meet during a networking event at the end of last month. It was a pleasure meeting the woman so many have followed over the past 13 years. I hope I fit into the big shoes she’s left behind.

A little bit about myself:

I was born in the Bronx but raised in Pennsylvania. A first-generation Puerto Rican, I am bilingual, thanks to my parents.

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a writer. In my free time I enjoy writing poetry and nonfiction stories. My goal is to one day publish my own book of poetry. I also enjoy traveling and recently began a travel blog on Instagram.

I moved to Rochester last year after graduating from SUNY Oswego, where I studied broadcasting/mass communications and creative writing.

Before joining El Mensajero and the Courier, I wrote for “Time to Educate” as an intern with the Democrat and Chronicle. I feel very fortunate to have been hired by El Mensajero and the Courier so I can continue my career in journalism.

Besides working, I also am enrolled as a student at RIT and am completing my master’s degree in professional studies.

I look forward to providing readers with newsworthy content!

Rodríguez is a staff writer for the Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Católico. She can be reached at

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