Reporter, Media Personality, Pageant Queen: Nikoleta Morales

Nikoleta is nominated for IWPA 2020 COA award. She is an award-winning writer, journalist, publicist, model and actress based in Chicago with passion for entertainment, hiking, and travel. She is the Treasurer for IWPA and works as an Associate Editor for Community Health Magazine. She won four IWPA awards at the 2019 competition and 2 NFPW 2019 awards. She is a member of ISA, Creative Cypher and CJA as well.  She was the Managing Editor of Extra Newspaper in Chicago for 2012–14. She has also written for several publications in the US and abroad, such as BG Voice, the Daily Herald, Extra, Lawndale News, Chicago Tribune, among others. She has covered the 2019 and 2020 Oscars, 2019 and 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 

She writes for FF2 Media, Lawndale News, Cultured Focus Magazine and Montana Press. She won the 2019 Miss Infinity Chicago Faces of Global Change pageant organized by Miss Infinity International Non-Profit Organization. Nikoleta’s niche, however, is entertainment. She has interviewed people from all walks of life from the local communities to politicians to celebrities like Renee Zellweger, Paul Chavez (Cesar Chavez son), Martin Luther King III, President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Gabriel Iglesias, Marlon Wayans, Marc Anthony, Ana Ortiz, Jaime Camil, Il Volo, Rob Schneider, Chris Kattan, Mario Lopez, Anna Faris, Kellan Lutz, Mike Tyson, Messi, Carolina Herrera, Holly Holm, Jason Derulo, Paula Abdul, Blondie, among others. 

Why do you do what you do? 
Because I am a storyteller, a person who wants to make a change and see that change in the world and inspire others to do good. I am passionate about what I do, about telling stories and I want others to learn and grow from them and help the world be a better place.

What are some projects you are currently working on? 
I am currently writing my first memoir book "My Life is a Movie You Don't Want to Miss" published by Rose Gold Publishing LLC. It will be available to purchase in the early summer. I am also continuing to interview filmmakers, write about films and health, as well as prep for the days we will all be back outside again after the Coronavirus outbreak is over. Trying to stay sane! haha

What are your goals for the short-term and long-term? 
My short term goal is to finish my book and keep myself and family healthy and safe from the corona outbreak. My long term goals are to travel to more countries, hopefully, get married and have a big house in the mountains or Beverly Hills. 

Who or what inspires you? 
The people that inspire me are the unseen heroes who do good every day and sacrifice to save others. For example, the unpaid rescuers in Ghana who help save African kids from trafficking, the DREAMer activists who fight for the rights of undocumented immigrants, the doctors and nurses who work tirelessly during the corona outbreak to save lives, and everyone else who sacrifices to make the world a better place. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! You inspire me! 

If you could change anything about your industry, what would it be? 
Make it a better-paid industry. I love it and all the opportunities but unfortunately it is not a well-paid industry to work in unless you are Ellen or Oprah. I would definitely ask for better and higher pay. We deserve it!

What do you plan to do once you cross the millionaire mark? 
haha if I cross it lol I would buy a big house for my daughter who always wanted to have one, give her the best education, buy myself better and more fashionable clothes, clear my credit debt and help my parents out. In addition, I would donate to unfunded small charities and organizations that work tirelessly to save others without getting anything in return for it. They deserve it!