Congratulations to the 2013 Ñ Award winners. All five winners have proven they are a success today, because of their hard work, and commitment to journalism. We also honor them for being mentors, shining a light on Latino issues in their communities and giving back to NAHJ.
The winners will be recognized at the October NAHJ Region 6 conference in Chicago.
And the NAHJ 2013 Ñ Awards go to…
BROADCAST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Joe Vazquez has been working in broadcast journalism for more than half his life. He began his career in Texas, where he also earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston. Joe has covered hurricanes, politics and war. He has several Emmys, including one for his coverage of the Oakland riots following the shooting of Oscar Grant by a BART policeman. Joe is currently a reporter and anchor at KPIX-TV in San Francisco.
Joe on assignment: Oakland Police Department has no crime fighting plan
ONLINE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Over his career, Feliciano Garcia has worked in radio, magazines and while serving as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellow, he worked as a reporter at Hispanic Link Weekly Report and assisted producers at the Washington Bureau of 60 Minutes II. Feliciano is currently a Coordinating Producer for NBC’s Today Show and also the Creator, Producer and Host for NBC Latino’s “Cafecito,” which he began last year. “Cafecito” highlights the work of Latino artists, leaders and thinkers.
Feliciano on assignment: Cafecito with actress Michelle Rodriguez
FRANK DEL OLMO PRINT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Frances Robles returned to her hometown of New York in January as a correspondent for the New York Times. Prior to that, she spent nearly twenty years covering South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America for the Miami Herald. Her work has spanned politics, war, and Cuba’s post-Castro transition, but she specializes in social justice issues. The NYU grad has been a member of two Pulitzer-prize winning teams.
Frances on assignment: Review of 50 Brooklyn Murder Cases Ordered
PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Herman Ulloa is a photographer and editor with extensive experience who currently works at Univision in Miami. Herman has covered hurricanes and their aftermath in the U.S. and war zones in Iraq. An Emmy-award winner, Herman has worked on various shows at Univision, including “Aqui Y Ahora,” “Ultima Hora,” and “Noticiero Univision.” Herman is currently an editor and photographer for “Primer Impacto.”
Herman on assignment: Operación Martillo (parte 5): la Marina persigue a traficantes de drogas
STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Throughout her undergraduate years, Nicole Chavez has been adding to her resume with internships at outlets throughout the country, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, and El Tiempo Latino. Nicole is a former student representative on NAHJ’s board and holds awards from the Online News Association and the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, to name a few. She will obtain her B.A. in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso in two months.
Nicole on assignment: Borderzine
Thank you to contributor: Leslie-Anne Frank, NAHJ Director of Programs