Jonathan Gold | 1960 – 2018

We are heartbroken by the passing of Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. He was a husband, a father and an inspiration to many journalists and foodies. Our thoughts are with his wife, CCNMA president Laurie Ochoa, and his family in this difficult time.

In honor of Mr. Gold’s memory, many journalists and chefs have reflected on his work and impact on the culinary community. Below are some tributes written about him recently.

Los Angeles Times

L.A. Taco

The New York Times

LA Weekly

If you would like to share a memory of him, you can do so here.

Read his Pulitzer prize-winning work here.

For the Family of Jonathan Gold: Consider Donation.

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CCNMA NAHJ MOU Decision; Message from CCNMA Board of Directors

We were disappointed to hear that the directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists voted recently to end a promising partnership with the California Chicano News Media Association. We still believe CCNMA and NAHJ can work together in the nation’s largest Hispanic news media market, but abandoning the partnership so soon is not the best way to start.

We were more than willing to amend the agreement to save it. One example was the hiring of an administrative manager who would have worked for both organizations in California. Any differences we had over the position could have been ironed out in the interest of maintaining the partnership we began with the overwhelming approval of NAHJ’s board just 18 months ago.

Frankly, the entire action was a surprise because we never received fair notice or due process under NAHJ bylaws. Under the partnership, signed in 2016, CCNMA became a chapter of NAHJ with specific rights.

CCNMA board members believe that our combined memberships, journalistic talents and spirit can produce a powerful voice for Latino journalism and communities on the West Coast. The opportunity is still there if only we can get past the fear of risk and groundless liabilities.

​​Meanwhile, CCNMA will ​continue ​with confidence in a rapidly changing journalism landscape that requires new and bold ideas.​ Many of us in California ​have been loyal members​ ​of both organizations​ for decades. ​We don’t see a divide​. We see ​only opportunity in unity.

Joseph Rodriguez, CCNMA President & Board Chair

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Evelyn Larrubia Named Latina Journalist of the Year

Los Angeles – The CCNMA NAHJ board has selected Evelyn Larrubia from KPCC as the 2017 Latina Journalist of the Year.

The honor is the first award of its kind given by CCNMA NAHJ for outstanding journalism done in the preceding year by a Latina journalist in California.

The board was impressed by Larrubia’s work at KPCC guiding investigations like “Officer Involved, A KPCC investigation into police shootings in Los Angeles County” and into conflicts surrounding L.A. Unified’s iPad program: “LA schools iPad project: How it started… before the bidding began”, the lack of arts education in Southern California and the misuse of election funds in Inglewood’s school district: “Inglewood school funds were used to attack former school board candidate.”

The board believed Larrubia’s deep reporting on the causes of rising family homelessness in California as well as projects on bilingual learning and poverty in Los Angeles schools are among the stand out examples of journalism the board hopes embodies the spirit of the Latina Journalist of the Year award.

We celebrate Larrubia and her accomplishments at Latinas breakfast, this Wednesday, October 4th at the Line Hotel on 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, at 9am.

The breakfast also celebrates the 45 most influential Latina journalists in Los Angeles, the recipients of the Ruben Salazar Award and the five students who are the recipients of the CCNMA annual scholarship program. It also kicks off our partnership with HispanicizeLA, the day long program that focuses of diversity, digital, film and social media.

To register for the HispancizeLA conference, please register here. CCNMA NAHJ members receive the VIP Journalist badge for just $45. Here is the link to register: [Enter code: CCNMA]

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CCNMA Names Los Angeles’ Most Influential Latina Journalists

From national news to entertainment news, local investigations to sports, CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is excited to unveil it’s first ever 45 most influential Latina Journalists in Los Angeles.

“On our 45th anniversary year, the California Chicano News Media Association is proud to honor 45 leading Latinas in Southern California journalism,” said Joe Rodriguez, CCNMA President. ”The range of their hard work spans all news media. Their influence reaches millions and their example will inspire many more young Latina women–and men–to pursue careers in journalism.”

The list was compiled by the CCNMA board of directors and is based on three-criteria: the quality of work, the size and importance of the journalist’s reach (broadcast, circulation, social media), and the arc of the journalist’s career—résumé and future.

Here is the list (alphabetical order)

  1. Diana Alvarado KMEX
  2. Ashley Alvarado KPCC
  3. Annette Arreola KNBC
  4. Kim Baldonado KNBC
  5. Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC
  6. Cecilia Bogran KMEX
  7. Claudia Botero KMEX
  8. Maryhelen Campa CBS News Producer
  9. Ana Patricia Candiani Telemundo 52
  10. Cindy Carcamo LA Times
  11. Crystal Cruz KCBS
  12. Mandalit del Barco NPR West
  13. Laura Diaz KTTV
  14. Alysha Del Valle KNBC
  15. Dunia Elvir Telemundo 52
  16. Paloma Esquivel LA Times
  17. Erika Flores KMEX
  18. Daniella Guzman KNBC
  19. Liz Hernandez Access Hollywood
  20. Miriam Hernandez KABC
  21. Azalea Iñiguez Telemundo 52
  22. Leticia Juarez KABC
  23. Jovana Lara KABC
  24. Ellen Leyva KABC
  25. Lolita Lopez KNBC
  26. Suzanne Marques KCBS
  27. Jennifer Medina New York Times, Los Angeles Bureau
  28. Natalie Morales Access Hollywood
  29. Anabel Munoz KABC
  30. Sandy Nuñez ESPN
  31. Dinorah Pérez Telemundo 52
  32. Elsa Ramon KCBS
  33. Norma Roque KMEX
  34. Nicole Santa Cruz LA Times
  35. Gina Silva FOX11
  36. Gabriela Teisser KMEX
  37. Marla Tellez FOX 11
  38. Alexis Tirado Buzzfeed
  39. Michelle Valles KNBC
  40. Kathy Vara KNBC
  41. Vikki Vargas KNBC
  42. Eleanore Vega CBS News, Los Angeles Bureau Chief
  43. Luz Villarreal CBS Evening News
  44. Cindy Von Quednow KTLA Digital
  45. Myra Zuleta CBS This Morning

CCNMA will honor these Latina journalists on October 4th at the CCNMA “Latinas” breakfast and honor of them with the prestigious “Latina Journalists of the Year award.”

We invite you to attend the breakfast from 9:00-10:00 at the Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Tickets available here.

The breakfast benefits the CCNMA scholarship fund and will highlight the great work of all the Latina journalists on the list.

It also kicks off Hispancize LA, the largest social media and influencer conference in California. CCNMA is a proud parter of Hispancize LA that will incorporate social media training, technology development in story telling and diversity discussions in the tech and news industry.

If you like to attend the event, register here.


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Dear Members,

I’d like to offer this brief update on discussions between the Califonia Chicano News Media Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. As many of you know, our 1-year-old partnership in Los Angeles came under review during last week’s NAHJ conference in Anaheim.

At this crucial point, NAHJ President Brandon Benavides and I would like everyone to know that our groups are talking constructively. I hope to get back to you soon with some details. For now, thank you for your patience.”


Joe Rodriguez
Journalist, San Jose CA



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