2016 Honorees & Award Recipients

NAHJ would like to congratulate everyone who was honored with an award at the 2016 NABJ and NAHJ Joint Convention & Career Fair in Washington, D.C.!

Hall of Fame inductees
Zita Arocha, University of Texas, El Paso
Hugo Balta, ESPN
Robert Montemayor, Los Angeles Times
Veronica Villafañe, Media Moves

Presidential Award
Robert Long, KNBC-LA
NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter

Presidential Award of Impact
Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News
Cynthia Hudson, CNN en Español
Monica Rhor, Houston Chronicle
Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, Miami Herald

Presidential Award of Visibility
Lori Montenegro, Telemundo

Presidential ¡Dale! Award
Julian Rodriguez, University of Texas, Arlington

Presidential Award of Excellence
Isaac Lee, Fusion/The Root, Univision

Presidential Award of Valor
Juan González, Democracy Now!

Next Gen Champion
Geraldo Rivera, FOX News


Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism
Cristina Costantini and Mariana Van Zeller, FUSION, “Death by Fentanyl”

Elaine Rivera Civil Rights & Social Justice Award (tie)
Adrian Carrasquillo, BuzzFeed News “In Arizona, Black And White Progressives Jolted By The Harsh Lives And Stories Of Undocumented Immigrants”

David Noriega, BuzzFeed News “The Anti-Immigration Activist Who Set The Stage For Donald Trump”

Latino Issues – Print/Digital Journalism
Cristina Costantini and Jorge Rivas, FUSION, “Shadow Prisons”

Latino Issues – Radio/Online Audio Journalism
Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA, “The Dream 9”

Latino Issues – TV/Online Video Journalism
Robert Guaderrama, KTSM – NewsChannel 9, “Lincoln Center – The Unknown Road”

Latino Issues – Student Print Journalism
Annika McGinnis, Capital News Service, “Maryland School Systems Grapple with Influx of Central American Minors”

Latino Issues – Student Broadcast Journalism
Kathryn Klett, Capital News Service Television, “Undocumented Violence: One Undocumented Immigrant’s Story of Domestic Abuse”

Print/Digital Journalism – Hard News
Johnattan Filgueira Bilancieri, Rosa Gomez and Yuranis Caballero, NTN24 “Elecciones Presidenciales: Camino a La Casa Blanca”

Print/Digital Journalism – Feature News
Vianey Alderete, Al Día/The Dallas Morning News, “Lucha Libre Dallas”

Radio – Hard News – Large Market
Tim Padgett, WLRN – Miami Herald News, Migration Maze: The Struggle for Children After Arriving in the U.S.” 

Radio – Feature News Large Market
Shereen Marisol Meraji, NPR, “This Great Teacher Abides by the Scout Law”

Television/Online Audio Journalism – Hard News – Medium/Small Market
Tiffany Huertas, KGBT CBS 4 News, “Task Force Targets Cartel Couriers”

Television/Online Audio Journalism – Feature News – Medium/Small Market
Beatriz Parres, Univision Kansas, “Limbo Migratorio”

Television/Online Audio Journalism – Hard News – Large/National Market
Arnaldo Rojas, KXLN, “Danza de Millone$ en la Frontera”

Television/Online Audio Journalism Feature News – Large/National Market
Dax Tejera, FUSION, “Children Having Children”

NAHJ Chapter Cup
Hispanic Communicators of Dallas/Fort Worth

Sí Se Puede Award
Nathan Olivares-Giles, Region 8 Director

Latina Community Awards

Latina Inspiration Award
Massy “MankoFit” Arias, Afro-Latina Fitness Guru & Nutrition Specialist

Latina Innovator Award
Denise Bidot, International Plus-size Supermodel