NAHJ Announces 2008 Journalism Award Winners

I’m posting this information because so many Hunter students have earned scholarships and awards and because NAHJ is serious about its mission:

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is proud to announce the winners of the 2008  Awards and Journalism Awards, which include Maria Hinojosa, a pioneering radio, print and TV journalist and book author, receiving the prestigious NAHJ Leadership Award for her social justice stories in all media formats.

Other winners include Jim Avila of ABC News for enterprising criminal justice stories, Diana Washington Valdez of El Paso Times for her groundbreaking investigations into the murders and disappearances of women in Cuidad Juarez, Ray Chavez of the Oakland Tribune for stunning photos from Guatemala and the Bay Area, and Fernando Diaz of The Chicago Reporter for his bilingual investigative stories.

The winning entries also include an intimate photo essay about the rehabilitation of a Marine who almost lost his life in Iraq, the story of a Cleveland teen who was shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend and survived, a television account of how a couple that waited 10 years for a baby lost him after only days in the hospital because of a medical mistake, and the story of courageous environmentalists in the forests of Honduras who are risking their lives for a better tomorrow.

To see the pictures, read stories and find out more information about all the winners in print, TV, radio, online and photo categories, visit

The winners will be honored during NAHJ’s 23rd Annual Noche de Triunfo Journalism Awards Gala on Sept. 12 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., hosted by Ray Suarez of The NewsHour and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera of CNBC. For gala tickets and sponsorship information, visit or contact Ivan Roman at

Gala presenters will include Maggie Rodriguez, Co-Anchor of CBS News’ The Early Show, Ruben Navarrette, Jr., Syndicated Columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group, Michael Madrid, Sports Photo Editor at USA TODAY, Lori Montenegro, Washington Correspondent of Noticiero Telemundo, and J. Walter Tejada, 

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