School: University of Florida
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Raphael comes to Northern Michigan from the Sunshine State. This is his first time coming up to "The Mitt" but he says he already feels at home.
His love of journalism comes from watching his mother, Rita Pires, work in print journalism for many years. But his Passion for broadcast began when he anchored his high school morning show.
He pursued a degree in Telecommunications at the University of Florida, where he got to work for WUFT News, the PBS affiliate TV station in Gainesville, Fl. While at WUFT Raphael was a reporter and anchor.
When he's not watching the Florida Gators play, you can catch him exploring the many trails and beaches northern Michigan has to offer.