Hernandez, a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post who had been serving as vice-president of UNITY, was chosen for the top job on Oct. 24 over incumbent Barbara Ciara. Her term as president begins Jan. 1, 2011 and runs through Dec. 31, 2012.
“I wanted to be president because I want UNITY to get back to basics,” she said. “I want to focus on newsroom diversity and the fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. I want to approach employers and recommit them to diversity. That goal seems to have gone by the wayside in these trying economic times.”
Hernandez represents the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in UNITY. The organization also includes the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Native American Journalists Association.
Hernandez previously worked as copy editor for The Record and the Herald News in New Jersey. Before that she was director of the Feature Production Center for The New York Times Regional Media Group.