EDITOR'S NOTE: NAHJ honored the following award winners on Sept. 16, 2004 at its Noche de Triunfos Journalism Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.

Press Release

July 20, 2004

NAHJ Announces the 2004 Winners of its ñ and Journalism Awards

Winners will be honored at Noche de Triunfos Gala Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C. - NAHJ is proud to announce the winners of its 2004 ñ and Journalism Awards. The winners will be honored at NAHJ's Noche de Triunfos Journalism Awards Gala Sept. 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.

Noche de Triunfos will take place during Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C., marking the first time that the gala will be held outside of the annual convention. The organization's prestigious new ñ awards will provide greater visibility to the contributions made by Latino journalists and to stories about the Latino community.

John Quiñones, anchor and correspondent for ABC News, will serve as the master of ceremonies. María Elena Salinas, anchor for Noticiero Univisión and a columnist, will serve as the honorary gala chair of the event. Award presenters include Ray Suarez, senior correspondent with the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Marie Arana, book editor with the Washington Post and Carl Quintanilla, correspondent with NBC News.

"There is so much great work out there by journalists telling our story, the story of the millions of Latinos in this country that is usually ignored or pushed aside by the media," said NAHJ Executive Director Iván Román. "With these awards, we hope to shine a light on how fair coverage of our people can and should be done."

NAHJ's ñ Awards honor Hispanic journalists for their leadership in bringing greater awareness to issues affecting the Latino community and for their journalistic achievements.

The NAHJ Journalism Awards honor journalists for excellence in their specialized fields of work or for their outstanding coverage of the Latino community.

ñ Award Winners

The Leadership Award - Gilbert Bailón - Publisher and Editor- Al Día

Bailón was chosen for his leadership in the Hispanic community as well as in the mainstream media community. Bailón recently was named publisher and editor of the new Spanish-language daily Al Día in Dallas and had a key role in forming that publication since its creation. He serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and will be the group's president in 2007.

Frank del Olmo Print Journalist of the Year - Ernesto Portillo - Columnist - Arizona Daily Star

Portillo was chosen for his thought-provoking columns that are known for sparking debate on issues affecting both the Latino and non-Latino communities in Tucson, Arizona. He is also president of Concerned Media Professionals, a press watchdog group that provides journalism scholarships to minority students. In addition to his involvement with the community through his work, Portillo hosts a weekly radio show featuring Afro-Cuban music and Latin jazz, speaks regularly to many community and student groups, and serves as emcee for the fundraiser for Tucson's largest women's shelter.

Frank del Olmo was an associate editor and columnist at the Los Angeles Times, one of he founders of the California Chicano News Media Association and member of NAHJ's Hall of Fame. Del Olmo passed away in February.

Emerging Journalist of the Year Award - Cecilia Balli - Staff Writer - Texas Monthly

Balli was selected for her outstanding writing and reporting, particularly about the political history of the South Texas borderlands and the music and culture of the region. Her writing has provided the popular magazine with a fresh and much needed voice. She also regularly speaks and teaches workshops to students in El Paso, Texas, on creative non-fiction writing and is a volunteer coordinator for the Macondo Writing Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros. She is currently working on a book about the murder of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Broadcast Journalist of the Year - Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - Anchor/Reporter, CNBC

Caruso-Cabrera was chosen for her outstanding writing and reporting as well as her polished and professional demeanor on camera. She was CNBC's first Hispanic anchor in 2001 and is a regular contributor to Telemundo and NBC News. From her "Beyond Borders" reports to interviews with many Latin American political and economic leaders, she has single handedly brought the important Hispanic voice to the CNBC network. An ardent advocate for Hispanic culture, she also serves on the board of directors for Ballet Hispánico in New York City.

NAHJ Journalism Award Winners


  • Commentary - Andres Martinez -"Harvesting Poverty" - The New York Times

  • Breaking News - John Moreno Gonzales- "Texas Smuggling" - Newsday

  • Feature - Mark Arax, Rich Connell, Daniel Hernandez, Robert J. López, Jennifer Mena, Patrick J.McDonnell, Anna Gorman - "Green Card Marines" - Los Angeles Times

  • Investigative News - Christine Evans, John Lantigua, Christine Stapleton - "Modern-Day Slavery" - Palm Beach Post

  • Design - Elio Leturia - "Trivial Pursuit : Hispanic Edition" - Detroit Free Press


  • Documentary - Bob Simon (Correspondent) Steve Glauber (Producer) Yvonne Miller (Producer) David Rubin (Editor) - "The Death of Lance Corporal Gutierrez" - CBS News/60 Minutes II

  • Investigative Reporting - María García (Reporter), Joel Grover (Reporter), Matt Goldberg, (Producer) - "Trabajadores Invisibles" - KVEA Telemundo, Los Angeles

  • Breaking News - Amalia Torres, Arturio Rubio - "Trágica Jornada" - KXLN-TV, Univisión, Houston


  • Reporting - Mandalit del Barco - "Latino Casualties of the Iraqi War" - National Public Radio, based in Los Angeles


  • News - Sharon Steinmann- "Paletero's Widow"- Al Día, Dallas, Texas

  • Story - David Sanders - "Customs on the Border" -Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona


  • Celia O'Brien, Kris LaFleur, Ignacio Ibarra, Michael Marizco, Carmen Duarte, Jose Merino, Tim Steller, David Sanders, Rich Facun, Aaron Latham, Jeffrey Scott, Chris Richards -- "24 Hrs on the Border" - StarNet, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona

Founded in 1984, NAHJ's mission is to increase the percentage of Latinos working in our nation's newsrooms and to improve news coverage of the country's Latino community. With more than 2,000 members, NAHJ is located in Washington, D.C.