NHMC will be celebrating its 15th Annual Los Angeles Impact Awards at a Luncheon on September 7th, 2017. Hosted by returning emcees, Laura Diaz (Fox 11 KTTV) and Rick Garcia (CBS2), the Impact Awards honors outstanding local media professionals and community leaders for their achievements and contributions to the region’s Latino community. Luncheon attendees celebrate the influence of Latinos as half of the country’s population in the entertainment capital. This year, our honorees receive awards for their excellence in broadcast journalism from various news stations.
Julio Vaqueiro is the news anchor for Telemundo 52’s award-winning newscasts, Noticiero Telemundo 52 starting in 2013. Prior to joining the local station, he worked in Mexico City for Efekto TV, a 24 hour news outlet, where he held various positions as an editor, reporter and news anchor.
Elsa Ramon currently serves as weekend evening anchor and weekday reporter for CBS2/KCAL9. She is a four time Emmy-nominated anchor and native Angeleno. Elsa has truly come full-circle, her first television internship was CBS2, and her career has included assignments in Palm Springs, Monterey, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Antonio Valverde is investigative reporter for KMEX Channel 34 Univision in Los Angeles. Antonio has received numerous awards as a reporter and news anchor including seven Golden Mikes and two Emmy awards. Before starting on Univision 34, Antonio was a presenter on the first programs produced by Galavision in the United States, Radio producer on La Voz in Los Angeles and correspondent for Radio Formula in Mexico.
Award-winning journalist Michelle Valles co-anchors the NBC4 News and anchors the weekend morning news, Today in LA. Michelle was voted Best Anchor by the Texas Associated Press, the Austin Chronicle and Rare Magazine. Dedicated to community service, she has volunteered with a number of organizations that support children’s educational programs and efforts to eliminate mental illness stigmas.
Our very special guest of the afternoon will be Dodger legend, Fernando Valenzuela. The Sonora, Mexico native has been inducted into numerous Hall of Fames following his 17-year baseball career. His success sparked “Fernandomania”, as crowds would come or go to watch his signature screwball and no-hitter pitches. Beginning his venture with the Dodgers at the 1981 All-Star Game, he became the first player in MLB history to be named Rookie of the Year, and win a Cy Young Award in the same season, while leading the Dodgers to a World Championship.
After retiring, Fernando returned to the Dodgers organization as the Spanish-language radio color commentator for National League West games in 2003. In 2015 he moved to the color commentator job on the Spanish-language feed of SportsNet LA. In 2010, ESPN broadcast a documentary commemorating Valenzuela’s arrival with Fernando Nation as part of their 30 for 30 documentary series. Valenzuela supports the club’s community and Latino initiatives, and as a result of his continued community involvement, the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) honored him with a Lifetime achievement in 2007. After providing major fandom and a World Championship for the Dodgers, and contributions to the Los Angeles community, Fernando became a United States citizen in 2015 at a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. NHMC is extremely excited and proud to be presenting such an accomplished native Mexican and proud Angeleno, Fernando Valenzuela, with the Sports Legend Impact Award at our upcoming luncheon.