Buenos Dias

Photo and Story by Dave Good

(Published in the April 2010 issue)

Susana Rivera Torres has a secret fan. He is unknown to anyone in her vast Univision (KBNT San Diego, Channel 17) television audience, but his dedication runs above and beyond the call of duty.

At three in the morning, he is awake first. He goes to her room, wakes her, turns on the house lights, fixes her breakfast and starts her car, allowing it to warm up while she finishes eating.

“Every day,” she says. “He hasn’t missed one day in nine months. He is an angel.”

The angel’s name is Agustin Rivera Torres. “My dad,” she says, “is my biggest fan.”

Torres moved with her family to San Diego more than a decade ago. She graduated from San Diego State University and has been with the staff at Univision for five years. Today, she is host of the morning news show, Despierta San Diego, a position she has held for the past 10 months.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” she says. “I had no experience anchoring.”

And if his daughter’s sudden stardom is causing Agustin, the hardest working dad in show business, to lose any sleep, he’s not complaining.