ñ AWARD WINNERS
The ñ Awards honor journalists for their professional achievements and their leadership in bringing greater awareness to issues affecting the Latino community.
The Leadership Award
Tu Dinero magazine, Editorial Televisa
Reaching a circulation of 50,000 within weeks, Tu Dinero magazine, the first Hispanic personal finance publication for the U.S. Hispanic market seeks to change the way Latinos approach finances. Recognizing the purchasing power of the Hispanic community, the publication is committed to helping the growing Latino community transform itself into a financially-conscious generation. Featuring leading financial advisors for the Hispanic community on its pages, the magazine is attracting a new community of readers and advertisers. It provides information and leads the way for established Latinos and newer immigrants alike to fulfill their dreams of financial independence and security.
Emerging Journalist Award
Daniel Hernandez, L.A. Weekly
Right out of the University of California, Berkeley in 2002, Daniel Hernandez immediately began creating on the pages of the Los Angeles Times a genre of reporting on Los Angeles that was distinctive enough to have colleagues and readers easily recognize it as “a Daniel Hernandez story.” He took a cultural – rather than political – look at the historic L.A. mayoral election that swept Antonio Villaraigosa into office. In 2005, he wrote about how illegal immigrants, fearful of deportation, felt like prisoners on Catalina Island, in addition to other pieces about how Spanglish was becoming more mainstream. In 2004, he was part of a team that received NAHJ’s award for best print feature for “Green Card Marines.” Hernandez is currently a writer at L.A. Weekly.
The Frank Del Olmo Print Journalist of the Year Award
Tina Griego, Rocky Mountain News, Denver
In her series of columns about Denver's North High School, Tina Griego combined smart reporting with eloquent writing to bring attention to the problems with the educational system at North High - or any other school in America that is dealing with rising dropout rates, an influx of immigrants, budgetary cutbacks, teacher retention and the challenges of preparing young people for their adult lives. Her work offered a glimpse into how journalists can do more than shed light on a community's struggle, in this case, with an educational system. It also showcased the success stories that can evolve when people - from the students and teachers to the parents and community leaders - work together on innovative solutions.
Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award
Ernesto Schweikert, owner, and staff of KGLA Radio Tropical, New Orleans
Station owner Ernesto Schweikert and a handful of staff members showed their dedication and commitment to the Spanish-speaking community by being the sole voice and source of information right before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The station, run out of a trailer, was not flooded or damaged, and with the help of a generator to run the transmitter, went on the air four days later, reporting around the clock and translating news and survival tips by candlelight. While English language stations banded together to get information and news out, Radio Tropical’s staffers had to be the reporters, translators, "therapists" and the lifeline to the displaced community which had no other way to get crucial info on how to survive, how to get help, or how to reach their loved ones in the region and abroad.
Photographer of the Year Award
Tony Delgado, Chief Photojournalist, KHOU-TV Houston
Whether the story is immigration border issues, farm crimes or coffee, Tony Delgado’s work has the same element running throughout -- style. His work reflects someone who is not just willing to shoot what is right in front of him but to find the image that will keep the audience actively looking at the story. In 2005, Tony delved into the stories that affected Latinos on a regional and national scale from Hurricane Katrina and how New Orleans is being rebuilt to humanitarian efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border. Through his lens and the camera angles, he gave us a different perspective on these issues that resonate through the Latino community. With an acute eye for capturing the visual appeal of an image, Tony also captures its soul.
JOURNALISM AWARD WINNERS
The NAHJ Journalism Awards honor Latino journalists for excellence in their specialized fields of work or any journalist for their outstanding coverage of the Latino community.
PRINT – Breaking News
E. Eduardo Castillo, The Associated Press -- “Huracán Katrina”
Castillo’s coverage in Spanish about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on Latinos and Latin American immigrants in the Gulf region not only offered immediate and crucial information about the emergency at hand to Spanish media, but also gave a voice to the immigrants, many of whom were undocumented workers fearing deportation and, thus, wary of receiving aid. The coverage also looked ahead by alerting the readers about how the sudden decline in remittances could affect several Latin American countries.
PRINT – Commentary
Ana Menendez, The Miami Herald -- “In My Opinion” columns
The Miami Herald metro columnist brought south Florida to life with commentary about a shoe repairman and Holocaust survivor, called “a fixer of soles”, a human rights report criticizing the U.S. embargo against Cuba, and the story of immigrants, from far away, assimilating into the American Dream.
PRINT – Design
Hugo Espinoza, Chicago Tribune -- “7 Wonders of Chicago”
The cover for the Tempo section combined a strong sense of color, a sophisticated illustration style and thoughtful use of iconic photography in displaying the winning results of what Chicagoans voted for as best representatives of their city.
PRINT – Feature (Tie)
Luis Fabregas, Pittsburgh Tribune Review – “Born to Fight”
Fabregas documents the struggle of a local couple with severely premature twins, from delivery over five months, including the death of one of the babies five weeks into its short life. The four-page special report details the complications encountered by preemies and the extraordinary measures doctors take to correct them.
Krissah Williams, The Washington Post -- “Tenacity Drives Immigrant’s Dream”
To explore the growing world of small businesses started by Hispanic immigrants in the U.S., Williams spent nine months chronicling Guatemalan immigrant José Tenas’ battles with English-speaking bureaucrats and baffling regulations as he struggles to open a restaurant. The personal, yet universal story is told with a grace that keeps the reader hooked.
PRINT – Investigative News
John Lantigua, Christine Evans and Christine Stapleton, The Palm Beach Post – “A Cloud over Florida: Hidden Pesticide Problems”
An initial story about three babies born with grotesque deformities resulted in a year-long series investigating Florida’s hidden pesticide problem, with reporters going to tiny migrant shacks across the state and to the remote village of Huehuetonoc in Mexico’s mountains to unearth the truth. The stories resulted in major fines against an agricultural company and federal, state and county probes in three states with promises of tougher enforcement.
TELEVISION – Breaking News
María Elena Salinas, Lourdes Torres, Julian Pico, Aquí y Ahora, Univision newsmagazine show -- “Enterrada en Vida”
Salinas tells the story of survivors of a mudslide that buried villagers in Cua, Guatemala in October 2005 when their town disappeared alter the heavy rains of Hurricane Stan.
TELEVISION – Documentary
Llucia Oliva, José Jiménez Pons, Juan Antonio Sacaluga – TVE (Spanish Public Televisión) -- “En Nombre de Dios”
The thorough reporting in this documentary work details how the growing influence of Christian fundamentalists in the Republican Party can be seen in policies coming out of the White House, Congress and leaders in many states, and how it’s affecting the everyday life of U.S. citizens and residents.
TELEVISION – Feature
Rebecca Medina, Miguel Mendez, KDBC 4, El Paso, Texas -- “Sgt. Ruby Lives On”
This piece tells the story of Veronica Landry, a civilian employee helping to rebuild Iraq, who survived a heavy mortar attack while unsuccessfully trying to keep alive a badly-injured female soldier, Army Specialist Isela Rubalcava, known lovingly as “Sgt. Ruby”.
While Sgt. Ruby’s life ended, Landry’s despair was just beginning as she went on a quest to connect with the soldier’s family, seeking forgiveness and peace.
TELEVISION – Investigative News
Alvaro Visiers, Mario Carrasco, WGBO Univision Chicago -- “El Reto de Michael” (Michael's Challenge)
Michael Rodríguez, a 19-year-old Latino from the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, recently graduated from Benito Juarez High School, but cannot read or write. Enrolled in special education classes, the young man was passed through the system, even touted by the principal who called him an honor roll student with a scholarship to attend Harvard University. The principal denies making the statement, which was caught on camera, and the exposé resulted in pending probes by state and local education officials to find out how this could have happened.
RADIO – Reporting
Mandalit del Barco, National Public Radio -- General Coverage
From Central America, del Barco reported on the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, believed to have 50,000 members in the region and the U.S. From Houston, del Barco told the story and gave a voice to some of the 4,000 students from kindergarten to high school about to begin a new school year as evacuees from the disaster of Hurricane Katrina.
PHOTO – News
Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee -- “Pulled Back”
Amezcua captured a mother’s pain by capturing the moment when Nicolasa Rios is pulled from her son’s coffin as the hearse that would carry her son’s body arrived.
PHOTO – Story
Marice Cohn Band, The Miami Herald -- “Land Mines in Latin America”
Band teamed up with specially-trained military minesweepers several times throughout 2005 to follow the lethal trail of land mines in Latin America, planted from as far back as Chile’s Pinochet days in the mid-1970’s to those Colombian guerrillas still put in the ground today. A majority of the 3,000 people killed or maimed every year by land mines left behind are children, as she documented in five display articles in The Miami Herald’s print and online editions.
Tom Knudson and Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee, Sacbee.com – “Pineros: Men of the Pines”
This series of stories uncovered the extensive mistreatment and abuse of Latino workers who plant and thin federal and private forests in the U.S., resulting in congressional hearings and a vow for reform. The web treatment offered readers the opportunity to do their own investigation by posting primary source documents, recorded interviews and interactive graphics. Online access encouraged public support locally and abroad and allows users to track contractors’ progress in solving the problems.
GUILLERMO MARTÍNEZ-MÁRQUEZ Award for Latin American Reporting
Anna Cearley-Rivas, The San Diego Union Tribune – “Law Enforcement and the Cartel”
Cearley-Rivas, reporting from Tijuana, Mexico on the region’s Arellano Feliz drug cartel, delves into the deeply personal and troubling choices faced by Mexican law enforcement officials along the border. Sworn to uphold the law but also subjected to rules established by the region’s organized crime groups, the officers’ stories of human frailties and courage come through splendidly in the reporter’s work.
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