James Villalobos, who was born and raised in Springfield and attended Springfield Public Schools, is very excited and happy to be part of the Western Mass News team and having the opportunity to report in his hometown.
He graduated from UMass Amherst in May 2017 and got his first job as a multimedia journalist with Action News Now in Chico, CA. There, he reported for a year and then joined Western Mass News in June 2018.
While in college, James traveled and reported on many different issues around the country including the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Flint water crisis, the White House, as well as both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 2018.
As a college student, he interned with Western Mass News and WCVB-TV in Boston.
James is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and also a member of the Valley Press Club scholarship committee, which he was a recipient of as a high school student.
James has a passion for human interest stories, giving a voice to the voiceless, and holding those in power accountable. His goal as a journalist is to earn the respect and trust of everyone he meets.
Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his niece and nephews, hanging out with friends, running, and listening to music. Most importantly, he loves napping!