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Join the NAHJ Bay Area Board

Candidate mixer
Candidate mixer

After three years at the helm of the chapter, Vanessa Nevarez, Joe Vázquez, Joe Fitzgerald-Rodriguez and Claudia Cruz will step down. This means that it’s your opportunity to take on a leadership role and help shape the future of the Bay Area chapter.

Elections will be held late this Spring, which means the search is on for a few good journalists and media professionals to join the board!

Curious? Interested? Come learn about the process and what the roles entail!

Join us on Jan. 31 at Don Ramon’s for a Prospective Board Candidate Happy Hour Mixer. If you know someone who is not yet a member but would be a great addition to the Board, bring them too!



Nick Perez Joins the Sacramento Bee as the NAHJ Bay Area Summer 2017 Intern

New York, NY, September 19, 2016. Nick Perez poses for lighting assignment #3. 09/19/2016. Photo by George Goss New York City News Service.
New York, NY, September 19, 2016. Nick Perez poses for lighting assignment #3. 09/19/2016. Photo by George Goss New York City News Service.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalist Bay Area Chapter proudly announces that Nick Perez, a recent graduate of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, has been awarded the Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship at The Sacramento Bee for the summer of 2017.

Perez, a native Los Angelino, is a multimedia and multiplatform journalist focused on urban reporting and whose work spans themes like the revitalizations of neighborhoods, the struggle for a living wage, and diversity in the workplace. Perez also enjoys photo journalism and dabbles in design.

“We were drawn to Nick’s work immediately and were impressed by his range of journalism and technical skills,” said Scott Lebar, managing editor of The Sacramento Bee. “We look forward to him joining us in the newsroom to help in our visual and digital storytelling efforts. He’s a talented guy.”

The Sacramento Bee and the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter established the 10-week Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship in honor of the Sac Bee reporter (now deceased), who had interned with the flagship news organization before becoming a staff writer. The goal is to give aspiring journalists the opportunity to gain a practical education, professional experience and a great time in the state’s capital.

The interns are assigned a mentor and get to listen to experts, from the publisher to investigative reporters, talk about the ever-changing world of journalism. Perez’ internship stipend this summer will be $3,937.50.

Perez follows in the footsteps of other NAHJ Bay Area intern alumni of this scholarship at the Bee. For the summer of 2016, the newspaper accepted three students: Erasmo Martinez, Nashelly Chavez and Alejandra Reyes.

“Your interns have made a difference in our newsroom. Nashelly Chavez is now our cops reporter, and I have high hopes for Nick’s contributions,” Lebar said. “I always remember that we first arranged this in memory of Jennifer Garza, a reporter here who valued diversity, and we’re upholding a standard she held dear.”

Prior to attending CUNY J-School, Perez received his Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Azusa Pacific University.

For the first time ever, and modeled after the Sac Bee program, the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter and The Fresno Bee partnered to co-sponsor an intern, Ashleigh Panoo, in their newsroom this summer. Both the Sac Bee and Fresno Bee internship are paid in part by a grant from PG&E.

Supporting the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

Throughout the year, the Bay Area Chapter hosts a variety of activities, workshops and applies for grants in order to raise funds for the chapter. Our next fundraiser will be podcast producing workshop with the award-winning NPR news program, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting on Saturday, May 20, 2017. More information to be posted soon.

Another way we fundraise is simply by having members. Your membership fees help fund chapter activities. Want to join? Here’s the link.

Student members of NAHJ invited to apply for a new internship at The Fresno Bee


The Fresno Bee and the Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist will fund a paid 10-week summer internship to give aspiring journalists the opportunity to gain a practical education, professional experience and have a great time in the state’s Central Valley.

This is the first-time the Fresno Bee and NAHJ join forces to offer an internship modeled by our already successful partnership with its sister publication, the Sacramento Bee.

The NAHJ intern chosen to spend their summer at the Fresno Bee should be ready to hit the pavement running.

“Our interns produce on average about 40 full stories — many that play on Page 1,” said John Rich, the Fresno Bee’s managing editor. “We also expect all of our reporters, including interns, to participate in multimedia journalism. There are plenty of opportunities to show off your video and audio skills and help develop interactives for our website,”
Additionally, the NAHJ intern will have the chance to collaborate with other college student interns who’ll arrive at the Bee from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada in Reno, from Arizona State University and through funding from the California Newspapers Publishers Association.
“Our team of editors is eager to help young talent take off,” Rich said. “An internship at The Fresno Bee can be your ticket to a great future.”
You must be an NAHJ member to apply. The deadline is March 10, 2017. Please send a resume and samples of your work to John Rich at and carbon copy
The NAHJ Bay Area chapter will partially fund the summer intern with a generous grant received from donor, PG&E. The Fresno Bee matches the other amount of the paid internship.

AAA celebrates Latina leaders in San Francisco


by Victoria Sanchez De Alba

The NAHJ Bay Area Chapter thanks Rose Castillo Guilbault, former chief diversity officer for AAA Northern California, for her part in securing a $3,000 donation to the Ysabel Duron retirement celebration fund.

With this financial support, we were able to host a ceremony for a Bay Area broadcaster who changed public perception of Latina journalists. The funds that remained after expenses were paid were earmarked for a new scholarship fund created in Ysabel Duron’s name that will enable undergraduate student members to exit college with less debt.  The first recipient will be named in  the Fall of 2014.

This donation to the Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists is emblematic of Castillo Guilbault’s career, which revolves around giving multicultural communities a voice.

She is known in the Bay Area for her work at ABC-7, where she was the television station’s Director of Editorials & Public Affairs. She produced programs that recognized and lauded Latinos for their contributions to society. She is the creator of the series “Profiles of Excellence.”

The Salinas, California native has an impressive history of success and recognition for her leadership in diverse communities and civic organizations.  She was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the Bay Area in 2005 and 2006.  She was also honored as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for three consecutive years, and named Forever Influential in 20ll.

Notably, The San Francisco United Nations Association bestowed the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award upon her.  The San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted her into their ranks, while the San Francisco League of Women Voters named her a “Woman Who Could Be President.” Watch out, Hillary Clinton.

Castillo Guilbault is no stranger to the political arena. The Bush Administration appointed her to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. She is the former Chair of the Board that governs the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), where she continues to serve.  She has also served as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum where she is a lifetime board member.  Additionally, she is on the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Board of Directors; she is a Trustee Emeritus at the University of San Francisco.  And Castillo Guilbault was formerly on the board of directors for Catholic Healthcare Hospitals and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

Fluent in Spanish, Guilbault earned a BA in journalism from San Jose State University, an MA from the University of San Francisco, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.  She is now retired, although she continues to volunteer her time to bolster causes that align with her values and author literature that unveils socioeconomic disparities across cultures.  Her latest book, “The Latina’s Guide to Success in the Workplace,” is available on