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Carey Peña

Any local who has ever turned on the news will recognize Peña, the Emmy-winning journalist who most recently founded Inspired Media 360, a media company that strives to “inspire, motivate and move” people. This inspirational mom of twins encourages those around her with her desire to help the community via acts of grace and love.

What impact do you hope to have on the Valley? “I came to the Valley from Los Angeles to attend Arizona State University with my sights set on the Walter Cronkite School. The plan was to head back to Los Angeles or maybe move to New York City when I finished. Then a strange thing happened—the sun, fun and friendliness of the Valley stole my heart. As a news anchor and now the CEO of Inspired Media 360, I strive to inspire, motivate and move people through the stories we cover, the shows and content we create, and the events I emcee. Although my background is hard news (and politics), I see the good, so that’s where I choose to shine the light with my media company. My hope is that the work we do inspires people here in this great Valley, and beyond, to live their own best life.” 

Local Loves:

Restaurant: Café Monarch

Annual event: Phoenix Heart Ball

Spot to unwind: Gateway Trailhead or The Spa at Camelback Inn

Hidden gem: Hana Japanese Eatery

Place to work up a sweat: The Bar Method and Crossfit Back On The Bar

Staycation spot: Enchantment Resort in Sedona

Way to give back: Families Giving Back, Global Family Philanthropy, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation Leadership Circle…to name a few!