President’s Message: December 10, 2012

Hugo BaltaNAHJ President

Hugo Balta
NAHJ President

Dear NAHJ Nation,

Saludos from the Motor City, Detroit. I’m meeting with NAHJ sponsor, General Motors to talk about next year’s Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim and a new proposal for regional conferences.

I’m still very energized from the NAHJ/SAAHJ Region 5 conference in San Antonio! A special thank you to Elaine Ayala, Nora Lopez and the entire planning committee with the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists (SAAHJ). The conference was a huge success. We planned for 70 people, hoped for 100 and ended up with 175. Thank you also to our sponsors, United Airlines and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Your NAHJ board met for the final time this year. It was a very productive meeting. Our accountant told us our organization is on a financial good footing and added that we are doing very well, stronger than projected.

The board approved two new professional chapters: Las Vegas and San Francisco. Also, Anna Lopez Buck who has been our interim executive director is now officially our executive director. The board voted to make her position permanent.

These are just a few highlights of the meeting. Later this week, we will provide you the summary of the board meeting. We also want to thank the San Antonio Express News for hosting our meeting at its newspaper.

I will be in New York City and South Florida later this week to meet with sponsors and members. I will update you from the road.

Have a great week!

Hugo Balta
NAHJ President

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