Massiel Leyva is a multimedia journalist at Spectrum News 13, reporting on communities across Volusia County.

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Massiel moved with her family to the United States at age 18. She graduated from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Despite her first language being Spanish, she chose to pursue a career in English television so that she could challenge herself and reach a wider audience.

After college, she worked as a multimedia journalist in Gainesville, Florida for a year and a half. There, she covered several high-profile stories, including the local community’s reaction to the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the transition of power for the University of Florida's president, former United States Senator Ben Sasse.

Massiel has always had a passion for journalism, telling stories, and helping others. Her favorite parts of her job are getting to connect with people, creating relationships within the community, and giving a voice to the voiceless.

When she is not working, Massiel enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, dancing, and doing 1000+-piece puzzles. She also loves going to theme parks and riding roller coasters. You can connect with her on Instagram, Twitter @LeyvaMassiel, Facebook at Massiel Leyva Sanchez, and LinkedIn.