Winners of CCNMA’s 11th Ruben Salazar Awards announced

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 11th 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 three categories of Print, Television and Radio—will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 30th Scholarship Banquet on June 11, 2010, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. There were no winners in the Photography or Commentary categories.

Radio Bilingüe reporter Zaidee Stavely won in the Radio category for her stories on an unusual number of babies born with birth defects in mostly Latino Kettleman City, Calif., home to the largest hazardous waste landfill in the western U.S. Judges comment: “The issue is presented in a very objective, complete manner and with a high degree of sensitivity. The production is excellent.”

There was a tie in the TV category. KKEY Telemundo reporter Jaqueline Hurtado won for her story “Silencio Inocente,” which explored autism, an illness little known and misunderstood by many Latinos. Judges comment: “It’s commendable that a local station produced such an excellent story on such an important issue.” Telemundo national news reporter Cristina Londoño and photographer Luis Arroyo won for their story “Campesinas Violadas,” which explored the abuses women suffer in the workplace. Judges comment: “Addresses a topic that affects women and shows how to confront sexual abuse by legal means. It does so with sensitivity and good production values.”

Alex Garcia and Diana Martinez, reporters for the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol newspapers, won in the print category for investigative articles on the arrest of day laborers in the city of San Fernando. The stories took a hard look at police arrests of day laborers in San Fernando and found the practice questionable at best. The articles helped bring attention to the arrests and helped to halt them. Judge’s comment: “This type of journalism is gutsy for a small community newspaper.”

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 38-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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2010 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2010 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Cindy Ortiz
Glendale, CA
Biola University

Amanda Rivas
San Jose, CA
University of San Francisco

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Julian Burrell
Corona, CA
Santiago High School

The California Wellness Foundation Scholarship

Almendra Carpizo
Chula Vista, CA
California State University, Chico

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Juan De Anda
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento City College

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Elma Gonzalez
Chula Vista, CA
Southwest High School

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Alexis Terrazas
Daly City, CA
San Francisco State University

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March 2010

Anchor Kathy Vara has left KABC-TV in Los Angeles to return to KNBC. She will join the early morning newscast, where she anchored from 1994 to 2001.

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January 2010

Traffic reporter Vera Jimenez moves from KCBS-TV in Los Angeles to KTLA-TV, where she will do weather and traffic in the evenings.

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December 2009

Former CCNMA Scholarship Winner Brenda Duran (USC ’03) has been named Editor-in-Chief of Long Beach Magazine, a full color, full-gloss monthly publication that “celebrates the lifestyles of various communities within Long Beach and includes fashion, dining and community features.”

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