RELEASE: Former Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela and Local Journalists Honored at National Hispanic Media Coalition Luncheon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2017

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PHOTOS: Former Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela and Local Journalists Honored at National Hispanic Media Coalition Luncheon 15th Annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon Celebrated Local Latino Media Leaders

LOS ANGELES - Just ahead of Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) honored local media professionals at its 15th annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. Honorees included legendary LA Dodger and 17-year Major League veteran Fernando Valenzuela; CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Elsa Ramon; Telemundo 52 news anchor Julio Vaqueiro; NBC 4 reporter and anchor Michelle Valles; and Univision 34 reporter Antonio Valverde. View photos from the event here: "We are proud to have so much Latino talent in one room to honor the way that each one of you have used your voice and your platform for the benefit of the local community," said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition in welcoming the honorees. "Because of your service, there is more understanding to vanquish the fear and the hate that threatens to consume our public discourse. Today, we thank you for all you have done to represent Latino voices." Fernando Valenzuela, 17-year Major League veteran and recipient of NHMC'S first ever Sports Legend Award said: "It is an honor to receive this recognition. I am grateful to be able to share with the Latino community through baseball. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and thank NHMC for this award." Julio Vaqueiro, news anchor for Telemundo 52 Los Angeles on journalism and storytelling: "I discovered my passion for journalism at a young age. Journalism, to me, was my vehicle for contributing to society with powerful storytelling that reflects our community's journey, struggles and celebrations. I am honored to be included as an honoree amongst such a distinguished group of professionals who share the same goal to inform and serve." Antonio Valverde, reporter for Univision 34 on their commitment to providing quality news: "It is an honor to receive the Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award from The National Hispanic Media Coalition. This award is a testimony to Univision's commitment to provide in-depth quality news, information and service journalism to our community. It is a privilege to count on our viewer's trust and we aim to continue to bring them powerful, insightful and useful information on a daily basis." Michelle Valles, anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC4 on the meaning of this award: "This award is highly symbolic, both in spotlighting the commitment to the craft of journalism and to the Latinos who reflect today's newscasters in Southern California. I am privileged to be in the story-telling business, and today's honor brings me immense gratitude." Award-winning radio show host; Laura Diaz, Emmy award-winning anchor, reporter and producer at Fox 11 News; and Rick Garcia, Emmy award-winning anchor for CBS 2, emceed the luncheon and awards presentation. For interviews or more information, please contact Jareyah Bradley at 908.242.4822 or NHMC's title luncheon sponsors are Univision & Fusion TV.


The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is the media watchdog for the Latino community, ensuring that we are fairly and consistently represented in news and entertainment and that our voices are heard over the airwaves and on the internet. We exist to challenge executives and influencers throughout the entertainment and news industry to eliminate barriers for Latinos to express themselves and be heard through every type of medium. NHMC works to bring decision-makers to the table to open new opportunities for Latinos to create, contribute and consume programming that is inclusive, free from bias and hate rhetoric, affordable and culturally relevant. Receive real-time updates on Facebook, Twitter @NHMC and Instagram @NHMC_org.]]>

National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.
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