Cruz grew up in the Dallas area. While attending junior college, her journalism instructor got her a part-time typing job at the Dallas Morning News. After a time, Cruz took a full-time job on the City Desk as a “rewrite” – answering phones, taking dictation from reporters in the field and writing obituaries. After doing this for a few years, and while taking night courses at the University of Texas at Arlington, Cruz began going to the office on weekends, working for free and taking any assignments the weekend city editor would give her. After about six months, she was given a reporting position in a one-person bureau, covering the suburban cities of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell and Farmers Branch. The night courses stopped when Cruz realized that her life was no longer her own. There were evening City Council meetings to cover, as well as unpredictable breaking news events. After several years as a reporter on the City Desk, Cruz moved to the DMN’s feature section. She left the DMN in 1993 to be a stay-at-home mom, though she continued to freelance for the newspaper.
Cruz and her family moved to Granbury in the summer of 1999. In 2002, she began attending Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where she finished the coursework needed for a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in journalism. She later went on to earn a master’s degree in family studies from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Cruz returned to reporting in late 2007, taking a job as a staff writer at the Hood County News in Granbury.
Cruz enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at the local animal shelter. She is the creator of GranScary, a Halloween season event that raises money for Hood County Christmas for Children and other United Way partner agencies that serve the needs of youth.