NAHJ DC announces Happy Hour at the Pulitzer Center on Sept. 14


We are excited to announce our first event of the fall season! Please join the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJDC) for a happy hour with the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6-8pm. 

The Pulitzer Center is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through our sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities.

Pulitzer Center’s travel grants are designed to cover hard costs associated with upcoming travel for an international reporting project.

RSVP here: Space is limited.

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Announcing the 2017-2018 NAHJDC Chapter Board


Thank you to all our members who voted in our NAHJDC chapter elections! We are pleased to present to you the 2017-2018 NAHJ DC chapter board. A big thanks to these individuals for stepping up to lead our chapter and continue to plan some wonderful events in the District.

President: Melissa Macaya

Vice-President: Patricia Guadalupe

Secretary: Aileen Schlef

Treasurer: Beatriz Pascual

At-Large Officer: Jennifer Vasquez

We also welcome Priscilla Alvarez, editor at The Atlantic, who will be leading our Student Outreach Committee. Azhar Alfadl Miranda will continue to lead our Membership Meetings Committee. 

Congratulations to the board, and stay tuned for our upcoming events!



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Meet the 2017-2018 NAHJ DC Chapter Candidates and cast your vote

Our chapter election is here! We have a great 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 25th by emailing All candidates are running unopposed. Their term will be from Sept. 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018. 


Melissa Macaya – President

Producer at CNN en Español
MACAYAPICMelissa 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 for CNN en Español where she produces content for two shows and across digital platforms. She is 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.

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

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

bp (1)Beatriz Pascual Macias covers Justice, Immigration and National Security for EFE, major newswire in Spanish. She has interviewed a wide variety of public figures, including General John Kelly when he was U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. While reporting in Washington D.C., her work on the U.S. And Mexico border was selected to participate in “Global Spotlight”, a collaboration between the world’s most important newswires on migration. 

Before coming to the United States, Beatriz worked as a Justice and Crime reporter for EFE in Madrid (Spain). She also worked as a freelance reporter for various radio programs and multimedia platforms covering different issues, from the Mexican general election in 2012 to the social upheaval in Algeria following the Arab Spring. 

Jennifer Vasquez – At-Large-Officer

JennyBio2 (1)Multimedia producer for NBC Washington

Jennifer Vasquez is a multimedia producer for NBC Washington. As a bilingual journalist she covers Capitol Hill and the White House for the 11 NBC owned stations across the country and Telemundo. 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.

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Join the NAHJ DC Board! Call for Chapter Board Nominations

Chapter members: 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 18th.
We are looking for enthusiastic members to run for the NAHJ DC 2017 -2018 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 11 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. 21-25th. Each officer will serve from September 1, 2017 until July 31, 2018.
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 2017 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.
If you have any questions regarding the election or a board position, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
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Meet our Summer 2017 Charlie Ericksen Supplement Winners: Javier Giribet-Vargas and Miriam Barchilón Elbaz

NAHJ DC is pleased to announce our Summer 2017 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winners Javier Giribet-Vargas and Miriam Barchilón Elbaz. We had a highly talented pool of applicants this semester and were very impressed with their passion for journalism. Both will be awarded with a supplement worth $500 and be matched with a mentor who works as a journalist in the DC area.

Javier Giribet-Vargas, Intern with NPR’s All Things Considered – Weekend

Image result for Javier Giribet-VargasJavier was born in Distrito Federal, Mexico. He earned an associate’s degree in communication studies form Collin College in 2014. Then, transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington in the Spring of 2015. His first media job was Promotions Clerk for Univision Dallas, where he worked for almost nine months while going to school. Afterwards, NBC Universal hired him as a part-time production assistant, where he worked for over two years.

He started an internship at the North Texas NPR member station in the summer of 2016. He helped with the production of a daily show and reported local stories for the station’s newscast. Afterwards, he became a freelance writer for Al Día Dallas, where he reported on general news, arts and entertainment.

In May, he graduated from UT Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication. Three days after his graduation ceremony, he moved to Washington D.C., where I started working as an intern for NPR’s All Things Considered – Weekend.

His goal after his internship is to work as a producer for NPR, or one of its member stations.

Miriam Barchilón Elbaz, Intern (trainee correspondent) with EFE

Miriam_PictureMiriam Barchilon is a Spanish journalist living one of the most fulfilling professional experiences of her life for the past year in D.C. She’s a trainee correspondent with Efe, a major Spanish speaking newswire, and has been reporting on the new Trump era since just a week before he won the election, with a specific focus on immigration and Hispanic issues. Before, she was a reporter for EFE in Barcelona and worked for a local newspaper. Miriam studied journalism in Barcelona and Canada, with a minor in political science, and is now studying a master in Transmedia Journalism.

Her favorite fields are politics, data journalism and investigative journalism. On her spare time she loves watching Ellen, The Simpsons and Parks and Recreation, enjoys playing sports and going to the beach. She’s passionate about what she does and her goal is excellence. She was born in Ceuta, a Spanish city in the north of Africa, raised in Mallorca, a Spanish island, and has also lived in Barcelona, Bellingham (Washington) and Montreal. She speaks five languages and loves to travel the world, meeting new people and getting to know different cultures. One day, she aspires to make a difference into the lives of extraordinary people whose stories haven’t been told yet and dreams of contributing to good journalism.

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¡Mil gracias! Noche de Periodistas a great success


Chapter members and friends,

Thank you for helping make our 6th annual Noche de Periodistas a great success! The fundraiser was held on Saturday, June 24th from 4-7pm in the home of Ray Suarez. The raised funds will go towards our Charlie Ericksen Internship supplement. Every year, we provide four journalism students interning in DC with supplements worth $500 and match them with a mentor.

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 Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, for joining us and sharing her story.

A big thanks to our incredible hosts Ray Suarez and wife Carole for their hospitality and support these last 6 years. The NAHJ DC board presented them with an award on behalf of the chapter. The Suarez family will be moving to Amherst, Massachusetts where Ray will be a university professor teaching two courses in the fall. We will miss having them in the District, but are certain they will continue to be a positive force in their new city.

The chapter presented one of our 2017 Charlie Ericksen summer supplement winners, Javier Giribet-Vargas, who is interning at NPR. We appreciate the D.C. Chapter President of NABJ Donna Walker for coming alongside their chapter members. 


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POLITICO Summer Happy Hour with NAHJ DC and WABJ members

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POLITICO hosted members of the Washington Chapter of NAHJ and NABJ for a summer happy hour on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8pm in their offices in Arlington, Virginia. Participants enjoyed drinks on the rooftop and were given a tour of the office. Editor of POLITICO Carrie Budoff Brown and Managing Editor Sudeep Reddy  welcomed the group and stressed the journalism outlet’s commitment to newsroom diversity.


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