Hispanic Heritage Month
For Hispanic Heritage Month 2011, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education website celebrates 33 individuals.
The lives of these Americans are worthy of celebration and further study, which our short profiles hope to encourage. The women and men included are writers, editors, journalists, publishers, trailblazers and change makers. They remind us of the rich contributions Hispanics and Latinos make and have made in the world of words.
This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment & discussion during Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 - October 15, 2011 when our nation pays a little more attention to issues of diversity. Be heard. Tell us what you think & what we can learn!
September 14, 2011Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. Born in New York of Dominican descent, she spent the first ten years of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, until her father's involvement in a political rebellion forced her... more »
September 15, 2011Cecilia Alvear, a pioneering Latina television journalist and the former President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, works as a freelance video/multimedia producer. For 25 years, she was employed by NBC Network News until her... more »
September 16, 2011Rudolfo Anaya is a Mexican-American author. Best known for his 1972 novel Bless Me, Ultima. Anaya is considered one of the founders of the canon of contemporary Chicano literature. Anaya worked as a public school teacher in Albuquerque from 1963 to... more »
September 17, 2011Rigo Chacon joined ABC7 26 years ago as a general assignment reporter and immediately opened ABC7's South Bay Bureau - the first Santa Clara County bureau of a San Francisco-based TV station. Today, Rigo's principal areas of coverage are Santa Clara... more »
September 18, 2011Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte joined the University of Texas at Austin faculty in September 1986, after eight years at the Los Angeles Times, where she was an assistant editor of the Opinion section and a staff writer on urban affairs. In 1982, she... more »
September 19, 2011Frank del Olmo shared a 1984 Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service for the series "Southern California's Latino Community." During his nearly 34-year career at the Los Angeles Times, he was an intern, a staff writer specializing in Latin... more »
September 20, 2011Ysabel Duron is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in television broadcasting. In 1997 she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ “Silver Circle” for more than 27 years of meritorious work as a... more »
September 21, 2011Carolina Garcia is the first Latina to be named as the leader of a major market English-language daily newspaper in the United States. She is the executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily News, which primarily serves Southern California’s San... more »
September 22, 2011Dawn Garcia is the Deputy Director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, an ambitious program focused on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Garcia was a reporter and editor at West Coast newspapers... more »
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