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.
Azhar AlFadl Miranda
The Washington Post
Azhar works at The Washington Post, where she helps elevate journalism in the media relations department. Prior to The Post, she worked as a producer in the Al Jazeera English D.C. bureau. She is a graduate of both the George Washington University and Columbia University.
Journalist, Fox News
Erenia is a booker for America’s Newsroom hosted by Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith from 9am to 12pm on Fox News Channel. Prior to starting at Fox News, she was an assistant editor at WTOP News, an all-news radio station that covers the entire Washington, DC metro area. Before coming to Washington, she was an associate producer at KITV4 News, the ABC News affiliate in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She’s also a writer for DISFunkshion Magazine, founded by fellow Latina Hugette Montesinos. She is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where she received her B.A in Journalism, and was a senior staff reporter for the school newspaper, Ka Leo.
Lead writer, The Hill Latino
Rafael Bernal has been the lead writer for The Hill Latino since 2016. He was previously managing editor at United Press International. Rafael has a master’s degree in journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in law from Universidad Iberoamericana in his hometown of Mexico City.
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.
Chair, Membership Meetings Committee
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.
Chair, Student Outreach Chair
Priscilla Alvarez is a politics editor and writer at The Atlantic. Based in Washington D.C., she has covered Pope Francis’s visit to the White House, the 2016 U.S. election, the presidential inauguration, and U.S. immigration policy. Prior to her current position at The Atlantic, Priscilla was a fellow at National Journal and wrote for several other publications, including Washingtonian magazine. She has also appeared on MSNBC, CBS, BBC, and Sky News.
Priscilla is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she majored in multimedia journalism and world politics and policy. She’s also lived in Panama.