Baca came to ABC 7 from KNSD in San Diego, California, where she anchored the weekend morning shows and reported for the weekday newscasts (1999-2002). During her time in California, she covered everything from the military, politics, crime and courts, to international border issues between the U.S. and Mexico. She also traveled overseas to cover the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Baca's journalism career did not begin on television.
She started as a newspaper reporter in her hometown of Brighton, Colorado, where she worked for the Brighton Standard Blade (1991). After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Baca was hired at The Denver Post (1992-1996). At that newspaper, she uncovered information about the local militia movements and detailed how HIV/AIDS was affecting the Latino community. She then crossed the country and jumped to television, joining the staff at WTKR-TV (1996-1999) in Norfolk, Virginia, where she worked as a weekend anchor and reporter.
Throughout her career, Baca has received numerous awards and recognitions from the Associated Press and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). She is also a member of NATAS and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Baca is an outdoor adventurer who loves hiking, biking, rollerblading and traveling. She is also fond of old vehicles and owns a smokin' 1956 Ford F-100 pickup. Baca is married and lives in downtown Chicago.