The Advisory Council to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Spanish-language program is made up of prominent journalists, intellectuals and artists with expertise in the U.S. Latino experience.
The main purpose of the Council is to make sure the program trains and nurtures bilingual journalists who understand the most significant issues for the U.S. Latino population. It will suggest ways in which the program can have a lasting impact in the U.S. Spanish-speaking media ecosystem. The Council will help the program director identify relevant questions and issues for the Latino population in terms of media coverage, and will advise on how the program can challenge the stereotyping of Latinos in the mainstream media. The Council will offer curricular advice, suggest recruiting strategies and help with mentoring programs.
The Advisory Council provides support and curricular advice to the program director Graciela Mochkofsky.
The Council will meet at least once a year to receive a report from the program director and to share ideas on how to make the program more relevant to students, the profession, and audiences.
Board members, listed alphabetically, are:
Daniel Alarcón is an award-winning writer and the co-founder, executive producer and host of Radio Ambulante. His books include War by Candlelight and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. His most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award. He is a professor of Broadcast at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York.
Esther Allen is is an Associate Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian and French Ph.D. programs at CUNY Graduate Center and at Baruch College (CUNY). In 2006 the French government named her a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres. A two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships (1995 and 2010), she was a 2009-2010 Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. In 2014-2015, she was a Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography working on a book about José Martí.
Héctor Cordero Guzmán is a Professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in Sociology and in Urban Education at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and University Center. Prior to joining the Marxe School at CUNY, Dr. Cordero-Guzman was a Program Officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation.
Borja Echevarría is Univision’s Vice President and Editor-in-Chief for News. Under his leadership, Univision News saw an increase of 50% in traffic in 2016, and won two of the most important awards in the Spanish-speaking world, the Ortega y Gasset and the King of Spain Award. He was managing editor of Spain’s elmundo.es, which became under his leadership the leading Internet portal in Spanish-language worldwide. In 2007 he co-founded Soitu.es, a pioneering native media outlet that rapidly achieved international recognition. The Online News Association awarded Soitu.es the Excellence Award in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 Echevarría joined El País as Deputy Managing Editor. Under his responsibility, El País took the Internet leadership from El Mundo, carrying out a digital-first strategy and integrating the print and online newsrooms in a deep technological transformation. In 2013 he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at the University of Harvard.
David González is an award-winning journalist at The New York Times. Among other posts, he has been the Times Bronx Bureau Chief, the “About New York” Columnist, and the Central America and Caribbean Bureau Chief. His coverage has ranged from the Oklahoma city bombing and Haiti’s humanitarian crises, to chronicling how the Bronx emerged from years of official neglect, to in-depth reports on how Latino immigration is shaping the United States. In addition to his print reporting, Gonzalez is a photographer and the co-editor of the Times Lens Blog, which has become the premier Internet site for photojournalists from around the world.
Maite Junco is the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Communications, External Affairs and Language Access at the New York City Department of Education. She edited Voices of NY, a website housed in the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that aggregates the best news stories from the City’s community and ethnic media outlets. Prior to this role, Junco spent more than 15 years at The Daily News as an Assignment Editor, Deputy Metropolitan Editor for Enterprise, overseeing enterprise pieces covering immigrant communities, and Deputy Borough Editor for the Queens and Long Island bureaus. Later as Managing Editor for Hispanic publications for the News, Junco helped increase the paper’s reach to the Latino community while serving as editor for Viva, an English-language weekly section in the paper focusing on Latin issues and culture, and Hora Hispana, a free Spanish-language newspaper. She has also been a beat reporter for immigration issues at Bloomberg LP and an assistant editor at El Diario-La Prensa.
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. Her work is focused on a comparative exploration of coloniality, primarily in the Americas, with special attention given to the intersections between race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and politics. She is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City, where she is the founding director of the Media and Idea Lab and founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Columbia’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. She has also contributed to the The New York Times, Pacific Standard, The Conversation, HuffPost, El Diario/La Prensa, and 80 Grados. Since 2008 has served as a Global Expert for the United Nations Rapid Response Media Mechanism.
Mirta Ojito, currently the Director of Standards for the Telemundo Network, is an author, educator and journalist as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has written two nonfiction books, Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus, about her 1980 journey to the U.S. as a teenager in the Mariel boatlift, and Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town, about the murder of an undocumented immigrant on Long Island. She shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for a series of articles in The New York Times about race in America. More recently, she was a member of the Telemundo team that won an Emmy for the coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to the Americas.
Albor Ruiz is an editor and columnist currently with Al Día News. He served as a columnist for The Daily News for over 20 years, having joined the paper in 1993. He worked at the bilingual newspaper El Daily News as editor in chief, and he was a columnist for El Diario/La Prensa in New York before that. He was a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist’s National Council and in 2003 he was inducted to the NAHJ’s Hall of Fame.