Dino Chiecchi, UTEP associate professor of practice in the Department of Communication, is one of five top journalists, academics and documentarians in the United States to be selected for induction into the 2017 National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 9 during the NAHJ convention in Anaheim, California.
Chiecchi is a 30-year veteran of the newspaper industry. He began his newspaper career at the El Paso Herald-Post and then went on to work in reporting and management positions at the Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
Chiecchi joined UTEP in 2016, where he teaches multimedia reporting and photojournalism.
A former president of the NAHJ, Chiecchi is the immediate past president of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and a former national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In addition to Chiecchi, the other 2017 NAHJ inductees include: Andrés Cediel, journalist and documentary producer; Jodi Hernandez , NBC Bay Area News general assignment reporter; Nancy Rivera Brooks, Los Angeles Times assistant business editor; and Federico Subervi, Ph.D., researcher and scholar on Latino media and audiences at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.
“The board unanimously approved five candidates that I look forward to celebrating this September at the national convention in Anaheim, California,” stated Brandon Benavides, President of NAHJ. “With diverse backgrounds, these individuals have made contributions that continue to impact and benefit our colleagues and industry for the better.”
The NAHJ is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the U.S. and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry.
Created in 2000, NAHJ’s Hall of Fame honors those journalists whose efforts either nationally or locally have resulted in a greater number of Latinos entering the journalism profession or have helped to improve news coverage of the nation’s Latino community.
Last year, UTEP Associate Professor Zita Arocha was inducted into the NAHJ Hall of Fame.