Washington, D.C. – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) celebrated its 4th Annual Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception last week at the National Association of Broadcasters’ headquarters. At the reception, NHMC honored ZGS Communications for itsOutstanding Service to the Latino Community, and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Congressman Ben Ray Luján for Outstanding Public Service.
Photographs from NHMC’s 4th Annual D.C. Impact Awards Reception will be available at www.flickr.com/nhmc.
NHMC’s Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception honors public servants and community leaders, as well as media professionals and entities, whose achievements, generosity of spirit, and courage under fire have greatly benefited the welfare of the nation in the areas of media and telecommunications.
The National Association of Broadcasters, Google, Sprint, T-Mobile and ZGS Communications were all reception sponsors. A number of other donors also provided generous support for the event. Their tax-deductible gifts to the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, support NHMC’s mission.
About the Honorees:
ZGS Communications is a Hispanic-owned media company with a profound commitment to localism, service and the celebration of Hispanic heritage. ZGS owns and operates 12 Spanish-language television stations, representing the largest group of independent Telemundo affiliate stations in the country. Additionally, ZGS owns three Spanish-language radio stations, and a web portal. Through partnerships, educational programming, and signature grassroots events, ZGS strives to empower and enhance the lives of Hispanics in the United States. Signature ZGS initiatives such as La Feria de la Familia, an interactive family expo of information, services and entertainment; La Buena Vida, a health and lifestyle consumer education and outreach campaign, Vota Por Tu Futuro, a political awareness campaign, and Leer Para Vencer, a Hispanic literacy program, among other community partnerships, have helped thousands of viewers and embody ZGS’ spirit of service.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the FCC by President Obama and joined the Commission in May 2012. During her time at the Commission, Commissioner Rosenworcel has been a principled, pragmatic, and passionate advocate for utilizing our communications networks for the greater good and recognizing the full potential of technology to better the lives of all people. Thanks in very large part to Commissioner Rosenworcel, the FCC, with the backing of the Obama Administration, is currently embarking on an ambitious and game-changing renovation of the E-Rate program – a federal program that is a part of the Universal Service Fund that helps schools and libraries with limited financial resources afford broadband connections.
Congressman Ben Ray Luján is serving in his third term in Congress. He is a member of the Energy and Commerce and of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, where he works to expand broadband access in rural communities and see that new opportunities are created through increased access to the latest technological advances. Amidst the blistering attacks from some of his colleagues, Congressman Luján stood firm in his defense of Lifeline – a program that helps low-income families afford basic phone service – and the opportunities that it provides. During his time in public service, Congressman Luján has demonstrated a commitment to embracing technology and making sure that its power can reach even the most underserved and forgotten communities. He is a passionate advocate that cares deeply about his community and the country.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with its professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinizes and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues. Learn more at http://www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.
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.