National Association of Hispanic Journalists

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The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic journalists in the United States and Puerto Rico. It was established in 1984.

NAHJ has approximately 2,300 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators.

Its current president (2012–2014) is Hugo Balta, Coordinating Producer for ESPN.

Under the leadership of Juan González in 2002-2004, NAHJ created the Parity Project to assist news organizations in hiring and retaining Hispanic journalists and improving coverage of the Hispanic communities across the U.S. NAHJ is one of the few journalist associations to take a stand against media consolidation, largely due to the influence of Gonzalez and former presidents Verónica Villafañe (2004–2006) and Rafael Olmeda (2006–2008).

NAHJ is a former partner organization of Unity Journalists of Color, Inc.

Hall of Fame[edit]

In annual awards since 2000, the NAHJ recognizes great achievements.[1]

For 2013, David Gonzales and Gilbert Bailon were honored.[2] Previous honorees (with short notes in "quotes" being NAHJ website wordings) are:






  • Geraldo Rivera: "Host, Fox’s newsmagazine “Geraldo-at-Large”
  • Ysabel Durón: "Anchor, KRON-TV (San Francisco) “Weekend Morning News”
  • Juan Gonzalez: "Founder and Editor, El Tecolote; professor of journalism, City College of San Francisco"


  • Juan Gonzalez: "Columnist, New York Daily News; former president, NAHJ"
  • Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez: "Professor, University of Texas at Austin, media activist"
  • Francisco P. Ramirez: "Founder, El Clamor Publico (Los Angeles)"









Professional Chapters[edit]

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Charlotte
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Denver
  • New England
  • New Mexico
  • New York City
  • N.C. Triangle Chapter
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Oklahoma
  • Orlando
  • Rio Grande Valley
  • South Florida
  • Southwest Florida
  • Washington D.C.

Student Chapters[edit]

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Past Presidents[edit]

Hugo Balta (2012-2014) Michele Salcedo (2010–2012)

See also[edit]

Rebecca Aguilar


  1. ^ "About the Hall of Fame". NAHJ.
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