NAHJ President and leadership team at Yahoo! News speak over concerns on recent ad

Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ (NAHJ) President Hugo Balta conducted an extremely productive and transparent conversation with Yahoo! News leadership following a recent controversial ad.  The ad, which intended to serve as a promotional translation for the news organization’s bipartisan coverage has since stopped running.

On the phone call, Balta was joined by Editor-in-Chief Daniel Klaidman, General Manager of News, Entertainment and Studios at Oath, Alex Wallace and Oath Public Relations Lead Cherie Gallarello.

Klaidman expressed the editorial team’s commitment and responsibility to being inclusive of diverse experts, untapped resources and perspectives from minority communities in not only immigration coverage, but all coverage by the Yahoo! News team.   With a long history as a non-partisan news organization, and a mission to present divergent perspectives, the delegation on the call spoke at great lengths about working closely with the NAHJ in the future to help amplify the importance of diversity and representation in media.

“I feel confident that this provided far more than just a learning lesson,” said Balta.  “Today’s conversation was a tangible discussion around how Yahoo! News and our association can work to magnify journalistic excellence.”

“We look forward to meeting on a regular basis to strengthen our relationship with and serve our peers at Oath,” he added.

President Balta thanked Klaidman, Wallace and Gallarello for their time and prompt response to the request of the association to discuss concerns.  NAHJ reminds newsrooms across that country that its’ deep roots and resource are consistently available in many ways to increase the ability for management to engage diverse voices in and out of the newsrooms to best reflect the communities they cover.


About NAHJ The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms and to work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,500 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information please visit or follow on Twitter @NAHJ.

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