Telling stories is something I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’d enter storytelling contests and also enjoyed experimenting with cameras (I’d collect them out of trash that was collected by Uncle Bear who drove the trash truck!).

I figured since I liked telling stories and cameras, becoming a reporter would suit me well. Ever since then, I’ve been meeting some of the most interesting people in the world and helping tell their stories.

My curiosity has taken me into wild hurricanes, the death chamber, the White House, blizzards, firestorms and some of the coolest neighborhoods across the country. Living in Denver has been a lifelong goal. The people, bike paths, mountains and weather are just awesome. Thank you for taking time to read my bio.

Please let me know if you have a story idea: vicente.arenas@kdvr.com.


Recent Articles
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    DENVER– A 3-year-old Denver boy has been waiting for a year to get into a school for children with autism. The waiting list is long and the rate of children being diagnosed with autism is now at an all-time high. When he was one month old, Luciano Espinoza Pagliasotti was a cute, happy baby boy. He had a calm smile on his first Christmas and at nine months, he was already a real showboat. But at 16 months, everything changed. […]

  • Denver Bicycle Cafe says expensive lease, nearby construction among reasons for closure

    DENVER — The Denver Bicycle Cafe and Tandem Bar in Uptown Denver will close at the end of October. Its owners say the closure is largely due to their expensive lease and nearby construction. For the last eight years, the establishments on East 17th Avenue near North Lafayette Street have become popular. “It’s a huge spot that I think is going to be missed in general,” said customer David Bencomo. Co-owner Jessica Caouette says the closure is devastating. “We do […]

  • Volunteers help Englewood man after home is trashed by squatters

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Volunteers helped an Englewood man clean and make repairs to his home after it was trashed by squatters. Brad Trouth’s house along South Logan Street has been torn up and was filled with piles of junk and trash. The 63-year-old says he has skin cancer and a history of heart attacks, which limits his mobility. He says people showed up offering to help and refused to leave until recently. On Friday, volunteers worked to clear the debris […]

  • Neighbors help Englewood man whose house was taken over by squatters

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  • Thornton PD seeks driver who hit disabled man, fled

    THORNTON, Colo. — A Thornton family is asking for the public’s help finding the driver who struck and seriously injured a disabled man. A blue Ford F-150 struck Timothy Berglund, 63, at West 84th Avenue and Huron Street about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. Video from surveillance cameras shows Berglund being hit and thrown into the air. He has a head injury, broken leg and shattered pelvis. His sister, Diana Berglund, says he has multiple sclerosis. Timothy is still in […]

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  • Strong winds help Decker Fire south of Salida grow to more than 2,200 acres

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  • Man arrested in Thornton hit-and-run that injured student in wheelchair

    THORNTON, Colo. — Police have arrested a man in connection to a hit-and-run crash that injured a teenager in Thornton Tuesday. The Thornton Police Department said Wednesday that 67-year-old Peter A. Kennedy, of Thornton, was arrested for hit-and-run and careless driving. The crash happened near East 93rd Place and York Street about 8 a.m. Tuesday. The teen was in a motorized wheelchair and was on his way to York International School when a black Ford F-150 struck him. The teen […]

  • Student in wheelchair injured in Thornton hit-and-run

    THORNTON, Colo. — Police are searching for the driver of a truck that hit a teenage student in a motorized wheelchair in Thornton and drove away. The crash happened outside York International School about 8 a.m. Tuesday. “All of a sudden, I hear like a speeding car… a hit, and the car sped away,” said York International parent Valerie Robledo. According to the Thornton Police Department, a black Ford pickup turned northbound off East 93rd Place onto York Street and […]

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