Denise Cathey

Multimedia Journalist

United States

Denise Cathey is an award-winning multimedia journalist and communications professional with more than 20 media awards to her name. Since 2015,
Denise has worked with and created collaborative strategies alongside writers, reporters, editors, photographers, graphic designers, and digital teams to increase engagement and develop new methods for meeting the changing content creation landscape. She has conceptualized hundreds of articles focusing on localizing national issues, trends, and higher education initiatives, with specific attention to diversity, institutional programs, and research. Working alongside the U.S.-Mexico border has stretched and strengthened her ability to pitch stories, research, write compelling content, and create communication and coverage strategies across multiple platforms to engage and persuade audiences and stakeholders.

She currently serves as a multimedia reporter for the Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star, and The Monitor in the Rio Grande Valley where she specializes in building and shaping coverage and applying multimedia strategies that effectively increase public awareness of events, community growth, and public policy developments on a national, state, and local level in a fast-paced deadline-based environment. Utilizing social listening, she ensures content creation retains a competitive edge that helps to maintain, grow, and inform the public and public trust in the organization. Her work has also appeared in Edible Magazine Rio Grande Valley, Houstonia Magazine, and the Associated Press.

The Brownsville Herald
UTRGV art students raise space, facility concerns

Energized by the unveiling of renderings for the $45 million Vaqueros Performance Center to house UTRGV’s Division I football program, one part of $80 million in construction projects being completed by UTRGV Athletics, art and design students at the UTRGV Brownsville campus are raising long-time concerns with the art program’s space and facilities.
Runway success: RGV models look back at memorable year in fashion

In the past 12 months, the fashion industry has taken devotees to some unique places, sometimes literally. Models walked through a blizzard for Balenciaga Fall-Winter 2022/2023 collection debuted at Paris Fashion Week in March. Later in the year, Gucci sourced 68 sets of identical twins for their Spring-Summer 2022/2023 collection for Milan Fashion Week in September.
Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center begins performances of 'The Nutcracker'

Inside the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Performing Arts Center, a battle is raging as soldiers confront the forces of the Rat King-or at least pretend to. Breaking the illusion, show director Illiana Cantu is just off stage calling out instructions to her army of mice, composed of LHM Fine Arts Academy second and third-graders, to mime scratching at the soldiers.
Brownsville dancers work to blaze trail to national contest in Utah

It's been hours, eight to be exact, of exhaustive work and sweat for the teenage dancers inside the Promesa College Prep gymnasium on this day, June 24, in Brownsville. The Texas Heat formation dance team remains hard at work despite their fatigue, despite the fact they do this each day of the week.
Actor Cheech Marin lauds Valley artist's expressive pop art

As articles and reviews poured out for the new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture in Riverside, California - also known as "The Cheech" - and the opening of its inaugural show "Cheech Collects" on June 18, one painting kept appearing again and again.
Gift of life: New mothers in Valley donating living tissue

This Mother's Day, several new mothers in the Rio Grande Valley are not just celebrating their babies but that together, mother and child gave the gift of saving a life. Since August 2021, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville has been part of a unique program with the Texas Donor Network to provide living tissue donations.
'White gold': Growers carry on Valley's sugar tradition

In the soft darkness of the warehouse, a golden mountain gleams under a spotlight as a bulldozer's headlights sweep back and forth, picking up shovel loads of what initially looks like sand before dumping it into a bin onboard a truck.
Eviction standstill nearing closure; CDC tenant protections ending soon

With deadlines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium and a Texas Supreme Court emergency order coming up this month, tenants face uncertainty as to what form possible extensions will take. In addition, a ruling by Judge J. Campbell Barker of the Eastern District of Texas last month has added further confusion [...]

The Brownsville Herald
One Day At A Time

Children with special needs struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic