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Media Moms: Sabrina Salas Matanane

by Marie Calvo-Monge

Guam - Brock Francisco Salas Matanane was born on October 6, 2009.  Around the ever-frenetic KUAM Studios in Harmon, he's known as "Bri's Little Brock Star".

It's no doubt he's "Brocked" her world, but with the help of her husband frank, Sabrina's able to manage her new mommy responsibilities and running a 24-hour/7-day a week/365-day a year news operation.  "No, I don't think it's changed my work ethic," she said.  "I still go at 110 miles per hour, I think what really helped me is the support of my husband, whose always there when he's not working.  He's actually taking care Brock and bring him to visit me so he can eat and visit his mommy."

Bri says it's about a routine and sticking to schedule as much as possible that makes things run smoothly, saying, "My husband and I have a system where I bring him to work in the morning and he picks him up on his way home from work, which is usually around 9- 9:30.  And I get into to work at around 8:30 and everyone else comes in at around 9, so that 30 minutes gives me time to prepare before everyone else gets in here and the madness really starts at around 9:45."

Also lending a hand is Bri's 13-year-old stepdaughter Tyler, always watching over her little brother while Mommy's on the set delivering the news. It's this support from family and work that she says keeps her going.  She notes, "One thing about KUAM is that it's always about family, so they completely understand where I'm coming from in terms of me raising my child.  And sometimes, yes, I do bring him to work, but you know we're all family here and they know that I may have him here in the mornings.

"It's not that I'm not doing my job, they know I'm always giving 110 percent."

This career-focused mommy admits though she never thought she would ever have a child, until last year.  "I just thank God I have time and that I'm still alive to experience motherhood, because I never thought that, I never really wanted to have children.  It wasn't until my grandmother passed away and my dad was diagnosed with cancer within a weeks that I decided that I wanted to have a baby," she said. "I wanted to have a baby because my dad always wanted me to have a child and when he got sick that's why I wanted to have a child so he would be alive to see my son."

Feeling blessed and overwhelmed a day doesn't go by that Bri doesn't thank God for her little Brock Star.  She said, teary-eyed, "He'll learn that hard work pays off because he always sees his mommy working, but I know he knows that Mommy loves him - you're #1 always."

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