2014 – 2015 NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board Candidates

unnamedMembers in good standing can vote beginning Monday, July 7th. We will send an email closer to the date on how to vote. Reminder you must pay your dues to vote. We appreciate all the candidates who are volunteering their time and talent to join our NAHJ DC Chapter Board.

nahjmacaMelissa Macaya
CNN en Español
Melissa 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 produces news content in both English and Spanish across digital platforms. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Georgetown University and working at CNN’s DC bureau alongside its CNN en Español team and Cross Platform Unit.

During her undergraduate career at the University of Texas at Austin, she was selected as a NAHJ/ NBC Fellow where she served as a field producer for Nightly News in NBC’s Washington Bureau. Back in Texas, she worked with Univision to produce local newscasts and packages about Hispanics in the state and around the country. She also gained extensive experience in international communications when working in the media departments of the Organization of American States and the Washington Office on Latin America. Melissa loves to travel and has worked and lived in 5 countries: Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the United States.

Why I want to be Co-President?
NAHJ has been a big part of my academic and professional life since my undergraduate years. I helped restart an NAHJ student chapter at the University of Texas at Austin and served as Vice President. During my sophomore year, I was selected to participate in the NAHJ Convention Student Projects in Denver, Colorado and then in my junior year, I was an NAHJ Fellow at NBC News in Washington. I was also a recipient of several of NAHJ’s scholarships.

Upon moving to Washington, D.C. in August of 2012, I became an active member of the NAHJ Washington, D.C. I served as an at-large officer and then Vice President. In these capacities I helped organized several events and initiatives including a briefing at the White House and tour of NPR’s new headquarters. Now in my second year in the chapter, I would like to continue to give back as co-president. Alongside Azhar AlFadl Miranda, we will help steward the chapter and continue to organize activities throughout the city that are professionally enriching. Given the fact that we are the most active chapter in the country, having two presidents will help ease the transition. As co-president, I would like to continue to expand successful events such as the job fair and increase our partnerships across various political and social organizations

NAHJ OFFICERAzhar Alfadl Miranda
Al Jazeera English

Azhar AlFadl Miranda is a freelance multimedia journalist at Al Jazeera English. Born in Washington D.C., Azhar also lived in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. She received her undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and her graduate degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Since joining NAHJ in 2011, Azhar has been active member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. She previously served as vice-president and in the last year, as secretary. She looks forward to contributing to the chapter in the upcoming year.

Why I want to be co-president?
Melissa and I would like to run for the leadership of NAHJ-DC as co-presidents. We both want to ensure that our NAHJ-DC Chapter continues to thrive under new leadership and due to demanding work commitments, we feel a co-presidency is the most viable option for maintaining the success of the NAHJ-DC chapter.

Patricia Guadalupe
Bilingual Multimedia Journalist

Raised 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 News.com 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.

Why I want to be Vice-President?
I am running because the National Association of Hispanic Journalists has been an important part of my career (I found my first on-air radio job at an NAHJ job fair) and the local chapters play a very important role. I want to keep the chapter the dynamic organization it is and pay it forward. Washington, D.C., is an exciting city for journalists and there are many opportunities not only to further our journalism careers, but to help others at all levels. I look forward to it.

Rosalba Ruiz
Associated Press

Rosalba Ruíz is a bilingual multimedia journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. Some of her favorite assignments: reporting on the immigration reform movement of 2006 for Excélsior del Condado de Orange; producing a multimedia project on the popularity of banda and norteño music in Orange County, California for The OC Register; collaborating on the coverage of the Chile miners saga with Reuters Latin America; and following the presidential election developments as a CNN en Español producer.

Rosalba has also taught online courses on multimedia storytelling for the International Center for Journalists, adapted the Pulitzer finalist “Toxic Treats” series to Spanish for The Orange County Register and helped produce the independent movie “Alondra Smiles.” Rosalba is currently an online video producer for AP

Why I want to be Secretary/Treasurer?
It has been an honor serving on the NAHJ DC chapter board for three years alongside other dedicated colleagues. We strive to provide many networking and professional development opportunities for our members, and I want to continue working toward that objective.

unnamed-12General At-Large Officer:
Grace Flores-Hughes
Author, writer, and media commentator

The Honorable Grace Flores-Hughes serves as Vice Chair, F&H 2, Inc. She is a public speaker, television and media commentator and is a weekly contributor to VOXXI.com. Mrs. Flores-Hughes’ memoir, A Tale of Survival was published in 2011 and was awarded Honorable Mention by the New England and Southwest Book Festivals and the International Book Awards in 2013. Mrs. Flores-Hughes has had a successful public service career as a civil servant and as a political appointee and has been a college instructor in the areas of American Government and Public Policy. She is included in the Hispanic American Profiles, Ballantine Book and in Notable Hispanic American Women, Gale Research. She serves on a number of boards including, the Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the Media Policy Center. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of the District of Columbia. She is a native of Taft, Texas and resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Lt Gen Harley A. Hughes, USAF (Ret).

Why I want to be At-Large Officer?
First and foremost, I want to become the At-Large Officer to learn more about the NAHJ nationally and the DC Chapter in particular. By doing so, I will be able to identify the areas that are essential to the successful continuation of the organization and work closely with membership to prioritize them; e.g., increase membership, identify fundraising activities, plan networking events, provide employment information to NAHJ members and help plan national conference activities.

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