JJ Maldonado joined Spectrum News 1 as a multimedia journalist in November 2021.

Born and raised in Stockton, CA, JJ moved to Texas in 2006. He has vast experience covering news in the Lone Star State, from West to East Texas and now he’ll be based in Southwest Austin to begin reporting for Spectrum News 1. 

JJ is a self-proclaimed history nerd and enjoys touring state landmarks, his favorites being the State Capitol and the Alamo. The culture, food, and diversity of the region drew JJ to central Texas, and he is happy to return to his mother’s home state.

Before starting his career in news, JJ worked for Disney, dressing up for parades and shows for the resorts. When not reporting, you might find JJ searching for new hidden gems, including hunting down the best coffee spots in Texas!