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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Ruben Salazar Award Presentation Moved from NAHJ Conference

Los Angeles – After an unexpected vote by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) to review the memorandum of understanding with the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA) “eyeing at termination”, CCNMA has decided to move the presentation of the prestigious Ruben Salazar Award for excellence in journalism to it’s October 4th event.

“CCNMA’s Ruben Salazar Award has for decades been one of the top prizes for Latino journalism,” said Joe Rodriguez, president of CCNMA/NAHJ Los Angeles. “We did not want to present the award under the cloud created by the NAHJ board’s decision to jeapordize our partnership. That would not have been fair to the winner and finalists and it would have taken the spotlight away from the memory of Ruben Salazar.”

The award, named after legendary journalist Ruben Salazar, is given to a journalist or group of journalists that have exhibited excellence in  journalism while covering Latinos in Southern California.

Three works of journalism are finalists for the award. Each of the finalists have been alerted of the changes and are disappointed, but excited to attend the new event in the fall.

To register for HispanicizeLA and the CCNMA Latinas Event, click here.

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2017 Ruben Salazar Excellence in Journalism Award Finalists Announced

On behalf of the California Chicano News Media Association, it is our great pleasure to announce the three finalists for the prestigious Ruben Salazar Award for excellence in journalism.

The winner will be announced at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California on September 8th, 11:30am pt at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Ñ Awards Luncheon inside the Anaheim Marriott, 700 West Convention Way.

Congratulations to the finalists for being selected for this journalism award in honor of an American legend, truth seeker and defender of the Latino community – Ruben Salazar.


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Join CCNMA and NAHJ in a historic night filled with music and honored guests

What do Mariachi Divas, Alfredo Corchado and KNBC have in common?

They will all be at the 36th Annual CCNMA Scholarship Banquet where CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists announce their historic partnership.

This year, CCNMA is honored to recognize the following individuals at the banquet on Friday, June 10.

  • Alfredo Corchado, author of “Midnight in Mexico” and editor of the borderlands desk of Cronkite News at Arizona PBS: Corchado is an award-winning Mexican-American journalist who has covered Mexico for many years, and is currently the Mexico City bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News. His book, “Midnight in Mexico,” documents his personal experience in Mexico where murders in Ciudad Juárez were commonplace, the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico put targets on the back of competitors and journalists alike, and government corruption left the powerful mostly unscrutinized.
  • Inez Gonzalez, director of the Latino Communications Initiative at California State University Fullerton: Of the nearly 3,700 students enrolled in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, about 40 percent are Latino. Without a prior program to build upon, Gonzalez started the Latino Communications Initiative and has developed the program into a recognized local program that prepares Latino students for the workforce and supports their development through relevant courses, research and a broad spectrum of educational opportunities.
  • Miguel Almaguer, NBC News correspondent: Almaguer is an American journalist. He is a correspondent for NBC News, reporting for all divisions of the network and based at their Los Angeles bureau. Almaguer has shown that being a Latino journalist doesn’t limit you to Latino issues. His work has been nominated for an array of stories. “NBC’s Miguel Almaguer was the most-seen correspondent on network evening newscasts in 2015, racking up a total of 284 minutes on NBC Nightly News,” according to TV Newser.
  • KNBC, Los Angeles

Not only will guests enjoy a cash bar and an excellent dinner at the gorgeous Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, they’ll be supporting media diversity with their dollars and enjoy the company of guests who have blazed a trail for the Latino journalists who will come after them.

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal on the events page.

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CNN reporters, CSUN student winners of CCNMA’s 16th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 16th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Michael Martinez, CNN Newsdesk Editor & Writer

Michael Martinez, CNN Newsdesk Editor & Writer

Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado of CNN Digital and CNN en Español have won in the Print/Online category for their story “Generation Gap: Renewed Ties Expose Painful Cuban-American Rift.”

The story focuses on how Cuban-Americans are now a divided people and are evenly split nationwide about President Barack Obama’s announcement to normalize relations with Cuba.

Jaqueline Hurtado, CNNE All Platform Journalist

Jaqueline Hurtado, CNNE All Platform Journalist

The judges said: “In the past, the news media tended to portray the Cuban American community as being single-mindedly against restoring ties with Cuba.

The article contributes to a better understanding of the Cuban American community, which is becoming increasingly diverse in its views

The winner in the Student category is Alex Cory, a graduating senior at California State University, Northridge, for his story “CSUs Lag Behind UCs in Creating ‘Dream Centers.’ ”

Alex Corey, graduating senior from California State University, Northridge

Alex Corey, graduating senior from California State University, Northridge

The story looks at the slow progress of creating centers to help undocumented students at CSU and community college systems, which serve the bulk of undocumented students in California.

The judges said: “A strong news hook, a nice anecdote to lead into the larger issue and charts galore….The reporter also shows a graceful ability with words. A really fine story.”

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

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.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 35th Scholarship Banquet on June 5, 2015, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo, retired executive with The California Wellness Foundation; Juan Esparza Loera, editor of Vida en el Valle in Fresno; and Celina Rodriguez, who hosts a show on KZSF 1370 AM in San Jose.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972. 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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