Increasing the influence of Latinos in the newsroom

Chapter Leadership

Patricia Guadalupe – Bilingual multimedia journalist
Raised in Puerto Rico, Patricia is a bilingual multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C., covering the capital for both English and Spanish-language media outlets, including NPR’s Latino USA, NBC Latino and Latino Magazine. Before coming to Washington, she worked in California and New York City. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Master’s from George Washington University.

Luis Velarde – The Washington Post
Luis Velarde is a video editor and video journalist on the national desk at The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2018 after having spent years at Univision News, the Associated Press and BBC News as a multimedia producer. Luis has covered earthquakes and unrest in Latin American countries, the plight of fishermen in the South China Sea, and more recently, the war on drugs in the Philippines.

Silvia Foster-Frau – The Washington Post

Silvia is the multiculturalism reporter for the The Washington Post’s national desk, where she writes about how the country is changing racially, ethnically and culturally. She was previously the immigration reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and president of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. Before that she was a Hearst Fellow. She received her bachelor’s in English from Grinnell College in 2015. She’s Puerto Rican and from Galesburg, Illinois.

Jennifer Vasquez
Senior Producer, NBC Washington

Jennifer Vasquez is a senior producer for NBC Washington. She manages news coverage from Capitol Hill to the White House for the 11 NBC Owned Stations across the country. As a bilingual journalist, she collaborates with Telemundo on big stories happening the nation’s capital. She’s assisted with the planning and coverage of large events like Pope Francis’ visit to DC, State of the Union addresses, presidential inaugurations, and multiple Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremonies. Vasquez began her career at the BBC News in Washington. She’s a first-generation college graduate and a native Washingtonian. She recently finished grad school at Georgetown University.


Priscilla Alvarez
Chair, Student Outreach Chair

Priscilla Alvarez is a reporter for CNN, covering immigration politics and policy. Prior to CNN, she was a politics editor and writer at The Atlantic, where she covered the 2016 presidential election, the first years of the Trump administration, and U.S. immigration policy. Alvarez’s work has appeared in several other publications, including National Journal and Washingtonian magazine. She’s also appeared on The Lead with Jake Tapper, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, and NPR. She’s a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Brandon Benavides
Chair, Washington Journalism Job Fair 

Region 3 Director, NAHJ Board

Melissa Macaya

Melissa Macaya is a three-time Emmy nominated news producer who is passionate about reporting 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 and editor for The Washington Post, where she leads the evening live and breaking news video team. She previously was a producer at CNN en Español where she produced content for two shows and across digital platforms. She was part of the network’s political team “Voto Latino” and covered the 2016 presidential election both in Washington and in the field. 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.

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