Hall of Fame Gala – 2012

NAHJ  2012 Hall of Fame Gala 

NAHJ inducted  CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California into the NAHJ Hall of Fame in 2012. CCNMAjoined 28 other inductees who form this select group. The organization chose to honor pioneers whose efforts to have resulted in more Latinos in journalism and for being a advocates for diversity in the news media.


Maria Antonieta Collins

Senior Special Correspondent, Univision News

Collins, winner of two national Emmy® awards and an Edward Murrow Award, has a 37-year journalism career spanning television, radio and print media. Among the many stories she has covered are immigration, armed conflicts in Central America in the 1980’s, Pope John Paul’s papacy including his visit to Mexico and his death and beatification in Vatican City, as well as several other major national and international stories. She was the first correspondent for Univision’s Los Angeles bureau, which opened in 1986. Collins later went on to become news anchor for Univision’s “Noticiero Univision Fin de Semana” and senior correspondent for “Aqui y Ahora.” She also hosted “Cada Dia con Maria Antonieta” (Every Day with Maria Antonieta) on Telemundo. Before that, Collins served as a special assignment journalist for Televisa as well as a reporter for the program “24 Horas.” Collins has contributed to several publications including El Nuevo Herald; Selecciones, Reader’s Digest U.S. and Mexico editions; and a weekly opinion column for El Sol de Mexico and its 60 newspapers in Mexico. A best-selling author, she has published eight books including her 2009 works “Porque quiero, porque puedo y porque me da la gana” (Because I want, Because I can and Because I feel like it) and Juanita Castro’s biography “Fidel y Raul, mis hermanos. La historia secreta” (Fidel and Raul, my brothers and the secret story).


CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California

There were a few Latinos working in newsrooms when CCNMA was formed in 1972. Often assigned to the same stories, they developed a bond that led to the formation of the organization. They were also inspired by the death of Rubén Salazar, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the news director of KMEX who was killed while covering the Anti-Vietnam War Moratorium rally in East Los Angeles in 1970. What started as a small organization in Los Angeles turned into a powerful statewide association that has been a force for decades.

CCNMA’s mission is to promote diversity in the news media and provide encouragement, scholarships and educational programs for Latinos pursuing careers in the news media; foster an accurate and fair portrayal of Latinos in the news media, and promote the social, economic and professional advancement of Latino journalists. It is the oldest regional organization of journalists of color in the country. CCNMA is widely respected within the industry for its educational and professional programs, which have helped increase the number of journalists of color in the news media. This includes sponsoring workshops, awarding more than $700,000 in scholarships to more than 700 students since 1976, and staging the largest job fair on the West Coast for journalists of color since 1978.

The NAHJ Hall of Fame celebration was made possible in part by the generous support of our sponsors



One thought on “Hall of Fame Gala – 2012

  1. Congratulations CCNMA! As a former L.A. Chapter board member and student scholarship recipient – I am so proud of you and your history of support for aspiring Latino journalists.

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