Pasadena’s Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers

Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers Pasadena-Based Hispanic Media Coalition Honors Four Trailblazers

By ANDY VITALICIO

5:10 pm | August 23, 2019


The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) awarded four Impact Awards during an Aug. 22 luncheon at the Hilton Universal Hotel.

The Pasadena-based nonprofit, which advocates for the Latino media community, honored a Los Angeles, honored Gilbert Vasquez, chairman of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Vasquez said he considers the recognition as “very special,” especially that it comes from the NHMC.

“For over 40 years, I have been striving to have our Latino American community recognized for the enormous contributions that Latino Americans have made both locally and nationally throughout the history of America because there are only a few Latino American media voices on our mainstream national media, (and) much of our accomplishments, goals, and inequities have remained silenced or unknown,” he said.

The 17th annual MHMC handed its Excellence in Investigative Journalism to Azalea Iniguez, consumer investigative reporter, KVEA Telemundo 52 Responde Los Angeles.

Iñiguez said she considers herself fortunate to be telling the stories of the Latino community, and empowering them with information that helps them fight for their rights, for justice and respect, “in these times when fear and uncertainty leaves our community vulnerable to being taken advantage of.”

Marco Flores, Vice President of News at KMEX Univision 34 Los Angeles, was honored for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were recognized for Outstanding Commitment and Service to the Latino Community.

Flores claimed to be fortunate to work as a journalist seeking social justice, equality and advancement of the Latino community. “The NHMC Impact Award encourages me to continue serving and empowering my community through my work,” Flores said.

Naomi Rodriguez, Vice President of External Affairs and Community Relations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, received the NHMC recognition, and expounded on the Dodgers’ community-oriented programs, including its Kids for Dodgers Baseball Program, which has allowed them to bring over 250,000 children from underserved communities to the stadium.

“We provide these kids with transportation, a game ticket, a meal voucher and a Dodger t-shirt, something that they would not have otherwise received,” Rodriguez said.

“These four awardees deserve all the accolades they received yesterday,” said NHMC President Alex Nogales during the ceremony. “They are trailblazers in their professions and continue to be committed to making a real difference in the local Latino community, from motivating youth to read to amplifying the voices of those who are voiceless.”