Filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez among honorees at 34th Scholarship Banquet

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California will honor two veteran journalists, a documentary filmmaker who produced a film on the life of Ruben Salazar, and KPCC-FM for its commitment to diversity at its 34th Scholarship Banquet on May 30, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The honorees are Tony Valdez, a longtime reporter at KTTV Fox11 in Los Angeles; Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University; Phillip Rodriguez, who produced the documentary “Ruben Salazar: The Man in the Middle,” and NPR station KPCC for its commitment to diversity in its hiring and editorial content.

Tony Valdez

Tony Valdez

“Honoring Tony Valdez is long overdue,” said Julio Moran, executive director of CCNMA. “He is perhaps the dean of Latino reporters in Los Angeles, if not the country. He exemplifies what a Latino reporter should be by telling untold stories about Latinos, even when not popular.

“Dawn Garcia, first as a reporter and then as an editor, and now with the Knight Fellowships, has always fought to include Latinos in the newsroom. Phillip Rodriguez has produced a film that shows the human side of Ruben Salazar, not just a journalist. And KPCC has embraced diversity with its hiring practices and its reporting on stories of interest to the Latino community.”

The recipients of 2014 CCNMA scholarships also will be announced at the dinner. CCNMA has awarded more than $800,000 to more than 800 students since 1978.

The winners of CCNMA’s 15th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards, which recognize work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos, will also be presented at the Banquet.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, formerly known as the California Chicano News Media Association, is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972 and is the oldest organization of journalists of color in the country. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.