International Relations Major
Career Path: News' Macomb County Bureau
When he was at Grand Valley, Cardenas was an active member of the Student Senate and helped establish the Latino Student Union. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Phi, and his involvement in campus activities earned him the Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award his senior year.
Cardenas in part attributes his passion for stories about people who make difference to his time spent at Grand Valley State University. "Grand Valley has made such a big impact on me, and I have a commitment to people and organizations that have impacted and assisted me. I had such a good experience while I was in school."
He also credits getting that lucky break. Like former Detroit Free Press Publisher Neil Shine and current News columnist Pete Waldmeir, Cardenas started as an editorial assistant. But back in the days of Shine and Waldmeir, the job was called "copy boy." Cardenas is now assigned to the News' Macomb County bureau, covering the area where he grew up. Among the job duties he welcomes is talking to high school students about what it's like to be a reporter. One such trip proved particularly advantageous when Cardenas met his future wife.