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“Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times”

DelOlmoBookCoverAs a Los Angeles Times columnist, Frank del Olmo was known for his clear-headed analysis of hardball issues: politics, education, labor, immigration, as demonstrated in this book. Then, in the final decade of his life, a new dimension emerged in his columns: The compassionate father of a young son, Frankie, dealing with autism.

Del Olmo, a CCNMA founder and a board member for more than 30 years, died of a heart attack in 2004. In addition to his role as a columnist, he was the first Latino to be promoted to the Times’ masthead. This book offers 90 of his most memorable columns,  including his 1994 commentary in which he dissented from the Times’ reelection endorsement of Pete Wilson, citing the governor’s “cynical” use of divisive Proposition 187. A selection of photos features some early CCNMA events.

Through a generous donation by the Los Angeles Times of the remaining books, the book is now available through the CCNMA office. Proceeds of sales benefit the Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship Fund. Your donation may be tax deductible. Donation: $30 hard cover, $20 soft cover.

Call (213) 821-0075 or download an order form.

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2012 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2012 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

George Ramos Scholarship

Jeffrey Gonzalez
Redwood City, CA
College of San Mateo/San Jose University

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Mendoza
Chula Vista, CA
Southwestern College/San Jose State University

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Gladys Rosario
Oceanside, CA
El Camino H.S./UC Berkeley

Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Scholarship

Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez
Lakewood, CA
Mayfair H.S./Cal State Fullerton

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Justyna Torres
Union City, CA
James Logan H.S./NYU

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Winners of CCNMA’s 13th Ruben Salazar Awards announced

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 13th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Richard Fausset won in the print category for his series of stories on “The New Latino South.” The profiles explored the complexities of immigration in a region that has grown increasingly hostile to Latinos. Judges comment: Fausset “bridged a cultural divide, giving the reader human sketches of the South, with its Baptists, Confederate flags and the emerging Latino population. He did it with thrift, understated emotion, all under the controversial umbrella of immigration.”

Los Angeles Times staff writer Richard Fausset won in the print category for his series of stories on “The New Latino South.” The profiles explored the complexities of immigration in a region that has grown increasingly hostile to Latinos. Judges comment: Fausset “bridged a cultural divide, giving the reader human sketches of the South, with its Baptists, Confederate flags and the emerging Latino population. He did it with thrift, understated emotion, all under the controversial umbrella of immigration.”

There were no winners in the Radio, Photography or Commentary categories.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 32nd Scholarship Banquet on June 1, 2012, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Mandalit del Barco of NPR, Steve Padilla of the Los Angeles Times and Jesus Sanchez of TheEastsiderLA.com

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX in Los Angeles.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

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December 2011 Chismoso

  • Naibe Reynoso has begun hosting/producing CNN Espanol’s weekly entertainment show “Escenario.”
  • Maria De Varenne, a longtime CCNMA member and editor of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, will take over as executive editor of The Tennessean in Nashville.
  • Nels Jensen, who has been at the Press-Enterprise since 2000 in various management positions, takes over as editor.
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November 2011 Chismoso

  • Gustavo Arellano has been promoted from managing editor to editor of the OC Weekly.
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