NPR hosts NAHJ DC for Hispanic Heritage Month mixer and panel

NPR hosted NAHJ DC members for a Hispanic Heritage Month mixer and journalism panel on Wed. Oct. 11. NPR National Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez moderated a conversation about what it means to be a Latino journalist today and what our community can do to continue furthering diversity in newsrooms across the country. The panelists included Fernando Pizarro from Univision, Daniella Diaz from CNN and Erika Gonzalez from NBC News4.

Read highlights here: 


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NAHJ DC announces Hispanic Heritage Month Mixer at NPR

Hello members,

We invite you to RSVP today for NPR’s closeout Hispanic Heritage Month networking event panel conversation on Wednesday, October 11 from 6-8PM in their NoMa headquarters located at 1111 North Capitol St NE.

You can RSVP here:

The evening’s programming will kick off at 6PM with a networking reception where NAHJ DC members can meet and mingle with NPR journalists and staff, enjoy free food and drinks and shop exclusive deals on the latest public radio gear at the NPR Shop.

From 7-8PM NAHJ DC members and invited guests will be witness to a panel conversation moderated by NPR National Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez on what it means to be a Latino journalist today and what our community can do to continue furthering diversity in newsrooms across the country.

Please take a moment to RSVP on Eventbrite by Monday, October 9 so event organizers can plan accordingly for seating and refreshments. Hope to see you there!

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Pulitzer Center hosts NAHJ DC members for Happy Hour

A big thank you to the Pulitzer Center for hosting NAHJ DC members for a happy hour in their Washington offices on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6-8pm.

Members learned about the work of the center and the international journalism opportunities they offer. Sign up for updates from the Pulitzer Center here:







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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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