Vanessa Ramirez

Vanessa is currently a co-host of Cox7’s Su Vida as well as other Cox7 specials. She is a native of Phoenix, AZ where she graduated from Maryvale High School and Grand Canyon University. Vanessa earned her degree in Communications and Broadcasting.

Vanessa has been hosting Su Vida for several years. “I really enjoy discovering local events, places to chow down, artists and our community’s back stories so I can share the information with our viewers.”

When Vanessa is not hosting Su Vida or modeling, she is the in-game host at the Arizona Diamondbacks home games.

Vanessa is full of energy and always on the go, but she makes sure to carve out time for family, staying fit, and finding local gems that she can share with Cox7 viewers!


JR Cardenas

JR is the second of six boys born in Fresno, California to immigrant parents. His mother and father would move from city-to-city in search of work. They worked in the fields with long hours and six day work schedules — so, JR looked for attention in other places. Since the age of 7 he looked up to actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Lee and the Tonight Show’s Johnny Carson. JR learned many basics of theatre in High School. He loved entertaining and was also the leader of a Folklorico dance group. At the age of 13, JR decided to join a band in which he soon became the lead singer.

At the age of 18, JR decided to move to Phoenix, AZ and pursue a career in radio. By 1999, he interned for a local radio station and soon was on air, hosting a morning show and learning the trades of entertainment. In 2001, JR began traveling to Los Angeles to film television commercials. By 2003, he was on a television show in one of Phoenix’s leading networks where he won a Telly Award for host of the year.

Currently, JR is working with an old friend, Vanessa Ramirez, co-hosting Cox7’s Su Vida as well as other Cox7 specials. You can watch them every Sunday at 7:30pm & 9:30pm as well as Wednesday at 8:30pm on Cox Ch. 7 / 1007 (HD), online at, on your mobile device by downloading the Cox7 app, Roku, and Cox On DEMAND Ch. 1894.

cplc_bug_rzun1Chicanos Por La Causa

More than forty-two years have passed since the day when a group of community and student activists of Mexican descent created Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) to address the problems of the barrios of South Central Phoenix, Arizona. Although its initial focus was on creating employment opportunities and combating community deterioration, CPLC became increasingly aware that these problems were much deeper rooted. As a result, CPLC expanded its services to provide assistance to disadvantaged individuals regardless of ethnic origin.

CPLC is the only community development corporation in Arizona that offers extensive services in both urban and rural areas. Its service delivery system is expansive enough to effectively reach thousands of low-income people. In its perpetual drive to provide needed services, CPLC continually assesses the needs of its communities throughout Arizona. The results of these assessments inform CPLC’s planning process for development of programs and services that will address the needs of its constituents, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, or creed.

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