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Midlife Crisis Pink-slipped

When he was 39 years old, Sal Morales got pinked-slipped from his dream job. He loved his job as anchorman at a Spanish-language station in Los Angeles, but when he lost his job he felt like his life turned upside down. He moved back to his hometown of Miami to start over. Eventually, Sal realized journalism wasn’t dead—just different. Sal tells us his personal journey of learning to land on his feet.

Photo via Sal Morales

From Invisible to Visible: Maria Hinojosa’s Story

For a text version of this talk, visit this link.

Last month, Maria Hinojosa spoke at the first-ever TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue event, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 24. The title of Maria’s talk was “From Invisible to Visible.” Here is the official video, which was published on YouTube yesterday.

What did you think of what Maria had to say? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or better yet, tweet @Maria_Hinojosa. Many of you had a lot to say about Maria’s talk on June 24, and we would love hear more about the issues Maria raised in this very personal story.

Photo of Maria Hinojosa, taken June 24, 2015, by TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue.

When Statistics Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Who suffers when media misinterprets statistics? Well…everyone. Ethnifacts’ Guy Garcia and Latino USA’s senior producer, A.C. Valdez,  break it down for you. Learn why it matters that numbers tell the whole truth, and how sins of omission can make for bad journalism.



guygarcia 2Guy Garcia is a former Time magazine staff writer and contributor to the New York Times, and the author of The New Mainstream: How the Multicultural Consumer is Transforming American Business and other books.






ACValdezA.C. Valdez is Latino USA’s Senior Producer. A.C. Valdez comes to Latino USA by way of public radio shows like America Abroad, The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU-FM’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Tell Me More. He’s worked with reporters from around the world, coordinated performances with groups like The Noisettes, and done in-depth work on the U.S. military’s counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. A native of Washington, D.C., A.C. Is a graduate of Emerson College.




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Scoring TV Networks On Diversity

The season finales have aired. Summer shows are about to return. This week, producer Daisy Rosario gives the big networks grades. What show does diversity right? What network has the “sneakiest” use of Latinos? And what network looks like they have doubled down on diversity for next season? What grades would you give these networks? And what shows should we be watching? Tweet at us @LatinoUSA or hit us up on Facebook and let us know.



Daisy-Rosario-headshot-150x150Daisy Rosario is a producer, reporter and comedian, but to keep it simple she’d tell you she’s good with words. She’s a proud Brooklyn native who works with The Moth and Upright Citizens Brigade. She recently interned with WNYC’s Radiolab. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Daisy has held a number of odd jobs in the name of curiosity. She longs to be the quasi-love child of Manny Pacquiao, Theodore Roosevelt, and Carl Sagan, but what do you do with that?





Buzzfeed’s Big Idea

The media landscape is one still dominated by white men, but perhaps BuzzFeed is a glimpse into a more colorful future? The editor of the newly launhced BuzzFeed Ideas, Ayesha Siddiqi, talks with host Maria Hinojosa about the need for women of color to own their own narratives, squaring off with ABC Family and why Kanye West is a role model.



Ayesha Siddiqi is the editor of Buzzfeed Ideas.






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Shut Up And Listen: Lessons From #CancelColbert

On Thursday, March 27, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report tweeted something it shouldn’t have — the punchline to a joke from the night before. That tweet sparked the trending #CancelColbert hashtag, and a debate that quickly erupted into an explosive argument about race, satire, and who is allowed to be offended by what. Latino USA producers Michael Simon Johnson and Daisy Rosario, along with sportswriter Tomas Ríos, sat down to talk about what happened, how it happened, and what, if anything, can be learned from the experience.

TomasRiosTomas Ríos is a paid-lance writer who has contributed to Deadspin, Sports on Earth, Slate, Pacific Standard and The Classical. He tweets @TheTomasRios







Micheal_JohnsonMichael Simon Johnson is a Pittsburgh native who spent most of his childhood making music and groaning when his parents put on NPR in the car. So naturally he graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Sound Design, moved to New York and made his way into public radio. As an engineer, he has worked for Afropop Worldwide, WNYC’s Radio Rookies, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He commits much of his time to working on radio and multimedia projects but can often be found playing the bass, rock climbing, and traveling.




Daisy-Rosario-headshot-150x150Daisy Rosario is a comedian, writer and producer of things from radio stories to live events. Recently graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, she also works with The Moth and the Upright CitizensBrigade Theatre. Daisy has interned at Radiolab, taken a play she directed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is an obsessive baseball fan. Her story “Child of Trouble,” was featured on the Peabody award-winning Moth Radio Hour. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.




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Are U.S. Media Ignoring Venezuela?

Venezuelan protests between the Chavista government and the opposition have killed more than thirty people. The Venezuelan government has imprisoned generals suspecting a coup and more opposition leaders may face prosecution. But here in the U.S., Senator Marco Rubio, Jose Antonio Vargas and Latino journalists are calling out the lack of coverage of Venezuela. Some even compare it to the crisis in Ukraine.

Latino USA did some research with help from the NPR library. Our brief media survey on databases like Nexis and Factiva showed a lot more coverage for Ukraine before the Ukrainian crisis became international with the annexation of Crimea by Russia. We also found that as the protests in Venezuela escalated, the amount of coverage has remained the same. Our survey is not comprehensive and didn’t take type of coverage into account as a measurement.

We ask media experts and other journalists what they believe is behind the difference in coverage. We also ask news organizations about how they decide on what international news to cover. Also, we look at the ways the digital age may be changing the way we think of international news.
















Sources: Factiva and Nexis, keywords: “Venezuela” and “Ukraine”, with “protests,” “crisis,” and/or “presidents.”


Photo by Elyxandro Cegarra/AFP/Getty Images



EES It OKAY? Latinos On TV

Latino reality show lovers had a lot to look forward to at the beginning of this TV season – Juan Pablo, raised in Venezuela, was going to be El Bachelor and Shakira was returning to the popular singing competition, The Voice. But after “Ees Ok” became Juan Pablo’s catch phrase and one too many “her hips don’t lie” jokes, can we really consider this a new beginning for Latinos on television?


headshotAntonia Cereijido is a senior at Medill, Northwestern University’s School of Journalism. She has interned at Latino USA, Endgame Entertainment, and MiTu Networks. She is also an entertainment blogger for the Huffington Post.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez Learns The Ropes

When you launch a new project, the learning curve is steep.

Alicia Menendez knows this first hand.

3 months ago, she had her first night as Fusion’s evening news anchor.



Fusion is an news, pop culture and satire TV network aimed at English-speaking millennials, including those of a Hispanic background.

Alicia Menendez Tonight employs a sassy, irreverent tone to cover the news stories not traditionally covered in evening broadcasts.

“My generation is really redefining what we mean by news,” says Menendez, “We mean news, the headlines but also news in the context of conversations that we’re having every day.”

 She talks to Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa about how Fusion is trying to reach the millennial audience and about the lessons she’s learned 90 days into her tenure.



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40 Years Of Bilingual Radio

40 years ago, San Francisco based KBBF was the first station in the country to hit the airwaves in both English and Spanish. Today, 95% of Latinos across the nation tune into the radio at least once a week. We explore this tiny station’s history and how it continues to serve a growing and diverse audience.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Nite_Owl


Crosscurrents Live 2012 No Watermark-127Martina Castro is the Managing Editor of KALW News.  She started her career in journalism as an intern at National Public Radio in Washington D.C., and worked with NPR as a producer, trainer, and freelancer before coming to KALW.  Martina’s independent work has been featured nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day, as well as the online radio magazine The [Un]Observed.


Blogging from Cuba

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo is a Cuban blogger, activist, and editor of Cuba’s first digital magazine Voces. Maria Hinojosa talks to Pardo Lazo about blogging and writing in Cuba, the democratic potential of the Internet, and Pardo Lazo’s impressions during his first trip to the United States.

00570032Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo was born in Havana. He graduated with a degree in biochemistry and later became a writer, photographer and blogger. He founded the independent literary digital magazine Voces, Cuba’s first digital magazine. He is the other of numerous works of short fiction and manages the blog Lunes de Post-Revolución (in English – Post Revolution Mondays) as well as his photoblog Boring Home Utopics.

News Or Noise: Talking Heads

In our ongoing feature on news literacy, we look at the talking heads who yell on television. A group of young journalists and media consumers teach us the best way to follow important news stories, and to see what’s behind all the screaming and yelling.

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Elisha FieldstadtElisha Fieldstadt is a news junkie who thinks she’s incredibly fortunate to work in an industry she is so passionate about. She is editor-in-chief of Baruch’s Dollars & Sense magazine and an intern at She is also the creator of and a contributing writer for In her very little bit of spare time she does yoga, bikes, cooks, bakes and explores Manhattan, where she has lived for five years. You can follow her @el_fields.
Juan JaraJuan Jara is a senior in high school and the photographer for the North Star online newspaper. He hopes to be a film director someday and cannot wait to start his first feature film.

Anam BaigAnam Baig is the copy chief for The Ticker at Baruch College in New York City.

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Samantha Votzke is a high school student in Tampa, Florida.

Rossanna Rosado: Fighting To Tell The Story

Spanish language media has been around since the 19th Century but still struggles for respect from the rest of the media world. Maria Hinojosa speaks with Rossanna Rosado, publisher of New York’s El Diario La Prensa. The celebrated newspaper celebrates its centenary this year.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

And listen to Rosanna talk more about her experiences as a groundbreaking Latina journalist, and the history of Spanish-language media in the US, in the extended interview below:


Rossana Rosado has been a dominant force in New York media for 27 years. Using her Journalism degree from Pace University, she started as a City Hall reporter at El Diario La Prensa. She left the newspaper to join WPIX, Inc. as a Producer of Public A‑ airs programming. After rejoining El Diario La Prensa in 1995, she held the esteemed position of Editor in Chief, being the first woman to hold that position at the now 95 year old paper.

Awareness, Access, and Advertisements

The good news: overall, teen pregnancy is down. The bad: Latinas are still getting pregnant at a higher rate than other teens. Latino USA’s Daisy Rosario reports on how public health campaigns are trying to combat teen pregnancy, and why critics of these ads view them as “shaming.”

Photo by Diana Montaño


Nicole Angresano is the Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of Greater Milwaukee. She oversees more than 160 United Way-funded health and human service programs, as well as leading United Way’s communitywide teen pregnancy prevention efforts aimed at reducing Milwaukee’s rate of births to teens by 46% by 2015 – an issue that has been a focus for her since completing a graduate school thesis on the topic.



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Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. Jessica is an Adjunct Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies at the City University of New York’s City College and has taught courses on reproductive rights, gender and sexuality.




A2_bill-profile-200x300Bill Albert is the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private, non-profit initiative organized in 1996 that focuses on preventing both teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.  As Chief Program Officer, Mr. Albert is responsible for overall program planning and development, and for tracking program progress.

Your Thoughts on PBS’ “Latino Americans”

Latino USA social media producer Brenda Salinas steps away from Twitter and into the recording booth to talk to host Maria Hinojosa. They discuss how social media has reacted to the PBS series “Latino Americans.”


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Brenda Salinas is a regio-montana by birth, tejana by choice. Before coming on board as an associate producer with Latino USA, she was awarded the highly competitive Kroc Fellowship at NPR. She is currently Latino USA’s resident social media diva.



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