Hispanic Heritage Month

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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!

**  You can also view our previous Hispanic Heritage Month features: 2012, 2013.

Julia Alvarez
September 14, 2011
Julia 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 »
Cecilia Alvear
September 15, 2011
Cecilia 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 »
Rudolfo Anaya
September 16, 2011
Rudolfo 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 »
Rigo Chacon
September 17, 2011
Rigo 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 »
Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte
September 18, 2011
Mercedes 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 »
Frank del Olmo
September 19, 2011
Frank 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 »
Ysabel Duron
September 20, 2011
Ysabel 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 »
Carolina Garcia
September 21, 2011
Carolina 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 »
Dawn Garcia
September 22, 2011
Dawn 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 »
Gerald Garcia Jr.
September 23, 2011
Gerald Garcia got his start in journalism in 1964 at the Brenham Banner-Press in Brenham, Texas. Garcia rose through the journalism ranks during his career, becoming the editor or publisher of several newspapers including the Tucson Citizen, the New... more »