For Immediate Release: November 10, 2017
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PHOTOS: Veteran NY Journalist, Local Network President, Mitú Online Storyteller, and Brooklyn’s Oldest Latino Community Group Honored in NYC by National Hispanic Media Coalition
NEW YORK – Last night, November 9, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) honored local Latinos for their leadership and contributions to the Latino community at its 3rd annual New York Impact Awards Reception at Google headquarters in New York City. Honorees included Editor-at-large for City & State Magazine Gerson Borrero; Online Content Creator and Video Producer for Mitú Kat Lazo; Executive Director of UPROSE Elizabeth Yeampierre; and President and General Manager at WABC-TV J. David (Dave) Davis. Jeanine Ramirez, reporter for Spectrum News NY1 and former NHMC Impact Award recipient, emceed the event.
View photos from the event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5LkWn5
“We are proud to honor the great achievements of these individuals who have used their platform to benefit the local Latino community,” said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, in welcoming honorees and guests at the NHMC Impact Award reception. “It is because of your service and dedication that the Latino community has a voice in media. Your stories inspire the next generation of Latinos to tell theirs. ”
In accepting the Excellence in Online Storytelling award Kat Lazo, Online Content Creator, and Video Producer for Mitú said:
“Whether it was theater, speech writing or filmmaking - storytelling has always been my passion. I never went to film school or took any film classes, so as a self taught video producer, I am truly honored at the recognition of my work. I am truly privileged to share the stories of our community with the world via the internet. And I don't take that privilege lightly so as a video producer, I believe that it is not only my responsibility to empower our community through positive imagery but to also hold us accountable by holding up a mirror to our misdoings and misunderstandings. It may be uncomfortable but change doesn't come easy. So it is with this honor, that I hope to continue making uncomfortable with my storytelling.”
Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE, accepting the award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community stated:
“As a Puerto Rican woman that comes out of the Climate Justice movement, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the media at this moment. In order for justice to prevail in these critical times, we depend on the press to tell the untold stories of indignity and amplify the voices of the voiceless. I am so very honored to be recognized by National Hispanic Media Coalition.”
J. David (Dave) Davis, award winning President, and General Manager for WABC-TV in accepting Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino community said:
“It is a great honor to receive this award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition. WABC-TV has always valued the strength of New York’s diversity, especially the importance of its large Hispanic community. The station’s staff reflects that diversity and their mission is to keep viewers informed, producing more than 45 hours of local, community-focused content including Tiempo- the city’s most watched English language program focused solely on issues important to the Hispanic community.“
In 2015, NHMC began a tradition of honoring those individuals or entities from the New York area whose achievements, generosity of spirit, and courage under fire, have greatly benefited the welfare of the Latino community. Past NHMC Impact Award recipients include: Jeanine Ramirez (NY1 News), Joe Torres (WABC-TV), Lynda Baquero (NBC 4 New York), Esteban Creste (Univision 41), and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Cynthia López. The event gathers over 150 local community and industry leaders.
NHMC’s title reception sponsor is Google. Platinum sponsors include HITN, Univision and 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.