Awards

Winner of CCNMA’s 15th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winner of its 15th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Leslie Berestein RojasLeslie Berestein Rojas, Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter for 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena, has won in the radio category for her story “DNA From LA Area Immigrants Could Solve Painful Mysteries From Guatemala’s Civil War.”  The story focuses on a project that uses DNA to identify the bodies of some of Guatemala’s roughly 45,000 wartime desaparecidos.

The judges said: “The writing is excellent as a piece of prose and well done on radio. She presented a story vivid with color and yet managed to tuck the Guatemalan tragedy neatly into the reader’s and listener’s mind without having to unleash that 800-pound gorilla.”

There were no winners this year in the other categories.

Judging was done by retired veteran journalists in the Los Angeles area.

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.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 34th Scholarship Banquet on May 30, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Dawn Garcia of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford; Phillip Rodriguez, producer of the film “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle”: Tony Valdez of Fox11 in Los Angeles; and Southern California Public Radio 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena.

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Diversity means accuracy

“I always thought that including everyone in news coverage meant that it was accurate, that diversity is an important element of accuracy,” said Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships. “As a reporter, I felt it was important to include people of all walks of life, color and backgrounds so you’re really telling the whole story.”

CCNMA is proud to recognize Garcia with the Career Achievement Award for her commitment to diversity. Read more about her work on the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships website.

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Winners of CCNMA’s 14th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 14th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Hannah Dreier won in the print category for her series of stories, “Philosophical Debate, Life and Death Consequences,” about an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally seeking a kidney transplant and the ensuing debate over the moral, political and financial obligations of the procedure. She wrote the stories for the Bay Area News Group last year, but is currently with the AP in Nevada. Judges comment: “It grabs the reader, forcing them off the fence to either side with helping save (the immigrant’s) life or call him a ‘felon’ for breaking immigration law. Well-organized, which allowed the reader to understand the impact that resulted.”

In the TV category, reporter/producer María Leticia Gómez and photographer/editor Edward González of KDTV-TV in San Francisco won for their series “Farmworker Shortage,” which provided a behind-the-scenes look into the Napa Valley wine industry and the struggles of immigrants in the U.S. illegally whose labor allows the industry to thrive. Judges comment: “A well researched, well reported story that gives an in-depth look at the situation in the California vineyards. While it ties in with the need for immigration reform, the advocacy is subtle.”

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

Judging was done by retired veteran journalists in the Los Angeles area.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 33rd Scholarship Banquet on June 6, 2013, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Teresa Quevedo of KMEX Univision34, Robert Lopez of the Los Angeles Times, Norberto Santana Jr. of Voice of OC, and Luis Torres, formerly of KNX Newsradio.

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 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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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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Winners of CCNMA’s 12th Ruben Salazar Awards announced

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 12th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

The awards—in the categories of Print and Television—will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 31st Scholarship Banquet on June 10, 2011, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. There were no winners in the Radio, Photography or Commentary categories.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Louis Sahagun won in the newspaper category for his story on how grief over the birth defects plaguing the impoverished farming town of Kettleman City spurred its mostly Latino homemakers to battle a proposed expansion of a nearby toxic waste facility. Judges comment: “It shines a light and goes another layer deep into the predicaments that poverty thrusts onto poor immigrants.”

In the TV category, María Leticia Gómez of KDTV in San Francisco won for her series on how parents in three different communities in the San Francisco Bay area support their children’s school districts, and how Latino parents can participate in their kids’ education. Judges comment: “The series is informative and provides a great community service. It shows how even those without a lot of money can contribute to their children’s education.”

At the dinner, CCNMA will honor Pilar Marrero of La Opinión and Laurie Ochoa of Slake: Los Angeles for career achievement. The Castellano Family Foundation in San Jose will be honored for its longtime support of CCNMA’s San Jose chapter’s high school journalism workshop. The Los Angeles Times will be honored for its series of stories on the financial scandal in the city of Bell, which helped empower the mostly Latino community to take back their city.

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 39-year-old Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization housed at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. 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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