The Latino Voice in News and Politics: Lessons and Challenges

Thu, 11 February, 2021 7:00pm
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The School of Media and Public Affairs in collaboration with the Cisneros Hispanic Institute will be hosting a panel discussion on February 11th at 7pm that looks at the diversity within the Latino community and how it is portrayed in the mainstream U.S. press. There remains the notion of a monolithic block of “Latino voters’ as we have seen in the recent coverage of the U.S. Presidential election as well as a misunderstanding of the diversity within the Latino community. The discussion will examine these issues and explore why it is important to Latinos to be able to tell their own stories in the U.S. press.


Moderator: Barbara Benitez-Curry, Assistant Professor and Studio Manager at the School of Media and Public Affairs.

Ray Suarez is a broadcast journalist with a career that spans over thirty years. He was a Senior Correspondent for PBS. Currently, he is one of the US correspondents for Euronews. Suarez has written several books including Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation.

Julio Ricardo Varela is the Vice President at The Futuro Media Group, and co-host of In the Thick, an award-winning political podcast. He is also the Senior digital editor for Latino USA and founder of

Nora Lopez is the President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).  She serves as the Metro Editor at the San Antonio Express-News, where she was an intern thirty-years ago.

Rebecca Aguilar is the president-elect for the Society of Professional Journalists organization. She is the first Latina president in the organization's history. She also founded the social media group Latinas in Journalism which currently has over two-thousand members.