NAHJ DC Hosts fall board meeting on Sept. 7

The NAHJ DC board held their fall meeting at the National Press Club on Wednesday Sept. 7.  The board voted to increase funds for the Charlie Ericksen internship supplement to $500 – $465 for metro transportation to be put on a SmarTrip Card and $35 for NAHJ student membership dues. The chapter awards four supplements every year.

The board also established the student outreach committee that will be led by Arelis Hernandez and discussed upcoming membership meetings. The board would love to hear from members. Have any ideas for a membership meeting or partnership? Email the board at

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The NAHJ DC chapter board election results are in


Members, thank you for voting in the NAHJDC chapter elections!

Welcome the 2016-2017 NAHJ DC Chapter Board: 
President: Melissa Macaya
Vice-President: Patricia Guadalupe
Secretary: Aileen Schlef
Treasurer: Beatriz Pascual
At-large Officer: Ed O’Keefe 

Stay tuned for our upcoming events and a survey we will be posting in our Facebook group!


Azhar Alfadl Miranda

Chair of Elections committee

Chair of Membership Meetings

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Meet the 2016-2017 NAHJ DC Chapter Candidates

Our chapter election is here! We have an enthusiastic group of candidates working in a wide range of media outlets around the city. You will notice several familiar faces. Cast your vote by the close of business this Friday, August 26th by emailing


Melissa Macaya – President

Producer at CNN en Español
MACAYAPICMelissa Macaya is a bilingual multimedia journalist who is passionate about covering political and international issues especially focused on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic community. Born and raised in Venezuela, Melissa has gained journalism experience on the local, national and international level. She currently serves as a producer for CNN en Español where she produces content for two shows and across digital platforms. Prior to CNN, Melissa was a fellow at NBC News in their Washington bureau and worked with Univision locally in Texas. She completed a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in International and Political journalism. Melissa loves to travel and has worked and lived in 5 countries: Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the United States.

Patricia Guadalupe – Vice President

Bilingual multimedia journalist

unnamed-13Raised in Puerto Rico, Patricia Guadalupe is a bilingual multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C. She has been covering the capital for both English and Spanish-language media outlets since the mid- 1990s. She previously worked as a reporter in New York City. She’s been an editor at Hispanic Link News Service (where she still writes political news), a reporter at WTOP Radio (CBS Washington affiliate), a contributing reporter for CBS Radio network, and has written for NBC and Latino Magazine, among others. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. She specializes in business news, politics and cultural issues, and also freelances as a translator/interpreter.

Iscar Blanco – Vice President

Spanish Service Chief at the Voice of America

unnamedAs Service Chief, Mr. Blanco oversees all platforms, including social media, to the Spanish speaking countries of the Americas. He is also responsible for determining content for the social media accounts as well as developing website’s new initiatives.

His commitment in modern journalism has taken him to obtain special courses to cover different political, economic and social events in different countries. Iscar obtained his degree in Sociology at the Florida International University, and a Masters in Journalism at the University of Miami. With a strong editorial background, Iscar worked as a reporter, producer and presenter for CNN and BBC.

He believes in the power of information and the new technology, believes in Freedom of Press and how to help democracy using social media tools.


Aileen Schlef – Secretary

Freelance reporter for Hispanic Link News Service and LATINO

1780731_10152225509478599_2128776117_nAileen Schlef established Creative Alliance Communications (CAC) following more than 20 years of executive experience in corporate, government, university and community settings. Aileen has also has chronicled Latino life since the 1970s launch of La Luz Magazine, Hispanic, Nuestro, LatinaStyle, among others. She is currently a freelance reporter for Hispanic Link News Service and LATINO. She was a founding member of the pioneering National Latino Media Coalition in the 1970s and headed the Latino Media Task Force of Washington, DC.An active member of the National Press Club (NPC), Aileen was honored with Vivian Awards in 2011 and 2013.

Beatriz Pascual– Treasurer

Foreign correspondent at EFE

unnamedBeatriz Pascual is a multimedia journalist with five years of experience in the media industry. Born and raised in Spain, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2014 and arrived in Washington with a Training Scholarship program sponsored by EFE, the leading Spanish-language news agency and the fourth largest news agency in the world. Now, working as a foreign correspondent in EFE, she covers Justice, National Security and Immigration news. Defined as multitask-er, she likes to portray the different angles of reality in different formats: written stories, photographs, video and radio pieces.

Ed O’Keefe – At-Large Member

Politics reporter at the Washington Post

toKwTRns_400x400Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, a journey that’s included a focus on Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio’s campaigns, the Republican delegate fight and the growing influence of Hispanic voters. He’s covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he’s covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies, the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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Join the NAHJ DC Board! Call for Chapter Board Nominations

Thank you for making this past year a successful one for our chapter!
Now is your chance to volunteer and serve on the NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board. We are taking nominations now until Friday, August 19th.
We are looking for enthusiastic members to run for the NAHJ DC 2016 2017 Chapter Board. Joining the board is an exciting leadership and networking opportunity. Please consider running and let’s continue planning amazing events in our nation’s capitol.
We were the first official NAHJ chapter in 2006 and we have thrived for the past 10 years. Our chapter has planned events and training opportunities all around the city including press briefings at the White House, job fairs, workshops, fundraisers and meetings in the country’s most influential newsrooms.

Here are the Chapter Board positions available:
At-large Officer

Anyone running for an executive position must be a regular NAHJ member, must have paid this year’s dues, and must continue to pay them while serving on the board.
Chapter members will vote the week of August. 22-26th. Each officer will serve from September 1, 2016 until July 31, 2017.
To nominate someone or yourself send an email to with this
following statement:

I ( STATE YOUR NAME), of (EMPLOYER OR FREELANCE) nominate ___________
for (position) __________ in the 2016 election of the NAHJ DC Chapter
Board of Directors. This statement counts as my virtual signature and
I have included my full contact information below.
Azhar Alfadl will chair the elections committee. She will verify the nominees’ eligibility and collect information for the ballot.
If you have any questions regarding the election or a board position, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
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NAHJDC recognized with Presidential Award at NAHJ/NABJ Convention

NAHJ DC was presented with a Presidential Award at the opening ceremony of the NAHJ/NABJ joint convention held in Washington DC from August 3-6. Past national president Mekahlo Medina recognized the work of the chapter during its last 10 years of existence and applauded the current and past leaders.

As a chapter, we want to thank our members for their support and commitment to increasing diversity in newsrooms across the District, Maryland and Virginia. We also want to thank past chapter presidents Diana Marrero and Brandon Benavides who paved the way and implemented programming that continues to have a positive impact.


The NAHJDC board alongside past DC chapter president Brandon Benavides and past NAHJ National president Mekahlo Medina. 


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¡Mil gracias! Noche de Periodistas a great success

Thank you for helping make our 5th annual Noche de Periodistas on Sunday, July 31 a great success! The raised funds will go towards our Charlie Ericksen Internship supplement, convention registration assistance, projects and workshops in the District.

To everyone who bought a ticket, brought food, and drinks: Thank you! Our chapter fundraiser was a success because of you. We want to thank our special guest Janet Rodriguez. We appreciate the D.C. Chapter President of NABJ Donna Walker and NAHJ national president Mekahlo Medina for coming.

A big thank you to Ray Suarez and his wife Carol for hosting our 5th annual chapter fundraiser at their home. Thanks to NAHJ member Felix Contreras for donating his musical talents for our chapter also for a fifth time.


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Save the Date: Noche de Periodistas July 31

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our 5th annual chapter fundraiser, Noche de Periodistas on Sunday, July 31 from 3-6pm! This is our biggest chapter fundraiser of the year and will also serve as an NAHJ/NABJ pre-conference celebration. Ray Suarez will graciously host us again at his home in the AU Park neighborhood in the District.

Come relax after the party conventions, listen to music, mingle with other journalists and enjoy delicious food. We will also have a live auction.

Tickets are $25 if you bring a side dish. The full price is $50.

The deadline to buy tickets for the reduced price is July 27. Once you buy your ticket, you will receive an email with Ray’s home address. We ask that you keep his address private.

You can buy tickets here:



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