May 2009 Chismoso

Two Californians will be among the latest additions to the NAHJ Hall of Fame. Ysabel Durón of KRON-TV in San Francisco, and Juan Gonzales of El Tecolote in San Francisco, will join Geraldo Rivera at the induction ceremony Friday, June 26 at the NAHJ annual convention in Puerto Rico. Duron is the weekend morning news anchor at KRON-4 in San Francisco. She is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in television broadcasting. Gonzales founded El Tecolote, a bilingual, non-commercial newspaper in San Francisco’s Mission District, in 1970, as a class project to channel Latino students into journalism careers. Juan continues to edit the paper, in addition to chairing the Department of Journalism at the City College of San Francisco. He also chairs the Voices for Justice project, which commemorates the bicentennial of Latino newspapers in the U.S.

Robert Hernandez is leaving his job as director of development for the to be an assistant professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. Hernandez, who starts at USC on Aug. 3, will be researching and developing the use of new media in the newsroom as well as in the classroom.

George Sanchez volunteered to accept a buyout from the Los Angeles Daily News and has left the San Fernando Valley newspaper. He was there less than a year.

CCNMA Board member Dennis Romero and his girlfriend, Judith Chung, gave birth to their first child, Eden Claire, on May 3. Dennis reports she is healthy, and looks like his mom.

Former KNBC-TV anchor and former CCNMA Board member Carla Aragón, now living in Albuquerque, NM, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from her alma mater, New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, during commencement May 9, 2009. So, that will be Doctora Carla from now on.

Former CCNMA Executive Director Henry Mendoza is working for the U.S. Census Bureau as it prepares for the 2010 count. So if he comes knocking at your door, don’t feed him (and especially don’t give him any tequila), just tell him how many people live in your house.

Four-time CCNMA scholarship winner America Arias has been named one of U-Wire’s top 100 student journalists in the country. Not bad for someone who almost didn’t enroll in college. She graduates from Cal State Fullerton this year.

Oscar Garza is out as senior editor/contents and reporter Geraldine “Jerry” Berrios at the L.A. Daily News.

Rick Garcia, former news and sports anchor at KTTV and KCOP, moves across L.A. to anchor the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. news at KCAL-TV.

2000 CCNMA scholarship recipient Miguel Almaguer (San Francisco State University) has been named as an NBC News network correspondent based in Burbank. For the past few years, he has been a reporter at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. He worked at KCRA in Sacramento and started his career at KSBW in Salinas. As a side note, Miguel’s aunt is longtime KRON-TV San Francisco anchor Ysabel Duron.

After 17 years at the San Jose Mercury News, reporter Edwin García has left the paper for a media relations job at Kaiser Permanente. Edwin (and Ben Stocking) won the 1999 CCNMA Ruben Salazar Journalism Award in Print for their story “Diaspora: The Latino Migration to Middle America.”

Alejandra Cerball is the new morning and midday anchor at KGTV-10 in San Diego. She arrived from KYMA-11 in Yuma, Ariz., and prior to that was a news assistant at Fox 11 in Los Angeles

Rolando Nichols, a former Univision anchor and currently president of CENTRO TV and Radio, a media production house and a broadcast training facility in L.A., joins the Spanish broadcast of the Los Angeles Angels and 1330 AM ESPN Deportes Radio. Rolando started his career in radio broadcasting AAA baseball games and football games for the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Jason Martinez is now at KTLA in Los Angeles as a reporter. He was previously at KFSN in Fresno. He’s originally from the L.A. area.