Lucio Villa, Interactive Producer,
The San Francisco Chronicle
BIO: Lucio Villa is a journalist, photographer and front-end developer currently working at The San Francisco Chronicle creating interactive stories, graphics and newsroom tools. Previously he worked at Hoy Chicago, a Spanish daily newspaper, as a News Apps Developer and as a Photojournalism Fellow at The Chicago Reporter. Villa graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Photo Communications.
STATEMENT: I am running for the Vice President seat of the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter to take on more responsibility to help organize events, fundraise and keep our journalism community informed (i.e. jobs/resources/networking..
Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Tech and Innovation Editor, App Store, Apple Inc.
BIO: From 2008 to 2018, I was a journalist working in some of the biggest newsrooms in US. At the LA Times, my beats were crime, computer assisted investigations, business, and finally tech reporting. In the Bay Area since 2012, working at Wired, The Verge, and The Wall Street Journal, I covered tech. At TWiT.tv, I hosted and produced live-streaming tech news shows.
About a year ago, I took at job at Apple Inc. as an editor on the App Store team, working with colleagues here to build and launch the Today tab of the App Store. On the Today tab, Apple is publishing a half dozen stories a day about apps — who makes them and why, how people use them to do exciting and never-before-possible things, and how to make the most of the app they’ve got.
Across my career, I’ve primarily been a writer and editor, but I’ve also shot and edited video, made podcasts, hosted streaming live shows, and worked in social media strategy.
STATEMENT: NAHJ has boosted my career in more ways than I can count. I’m a co-founding member of the Bay Area chapter, and a student chapter at the University of Arizona. I’ve previously served on the national board for 5 consecutive years. I believe in this organization and want to give back as much as I can, since I know first hand the positive impact it can have on a journalist’s career and life.
Also, there’s a common thread that runs through the jobs I’ve had to date. I enjoy building and launching things. At the LA Times I built up and ran a tech blog that was the LAT’s most read. At Wired, I was part of a team that rebooted the magazine’s online and print consumer tech coverage. The Verge was a startup when I joined, just shy of a year old. At the WSJ, I was part of a team that rebooted their tech coverage, both online and in print. At TWiT, I worked on building new shows for a passionate audience with a pioneering team of live streamers and podcasters. At Apple, my team built and launched the company’s first editorial product, publishing daily in the App Store. In each instance, I’ve learned a ton.
The Bay Area chapter has been launched, and I’m honored to have been a small part of that. But it still has a ton of room to grow, even though it is seen as one of the leading chapters in the nation thanks to the work of the leaders that have made the chapter what it is so far. It is with the excitement of building and growing something I love and believe in that I nominate myself for Vice President, and it is the work of previous leaders that I hope to respectfully build on with fellow board members.
Win or lose, I’ll be ready to contribute however I can.
Santiago Mejia, photographer,
The San Francisco Chronicle
BIO: Santiago Mejia is a Mexican American photojournalist on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle. He grew up in the San Francisco Mission District and is an alumnus of the Newseum Institute’s Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Mejia joined The Chronicle following the 2016 Thomas Morgan Visual Journalism Internship in Photography at The New York Times.
STATEMENT: I’m running for treasurer to promote a healthy budget through grant writing and relationship building with people who share the same goal as we do: To support Latino journalists in media companies and advance our story telling capabilities.
My goal as treasurer is to continue to fund group meet ups and grow our network. I also want to push for more day workshops to keep our association up to date with skills like drone photography and social media strategy.
María Peña, creative director,
Voler Strategic Advisors
BIO: María Espinosa-Peña, a media and communications professional with over 25 years of
experience and expertise in network television, is the current Creative Director at Voler Strategic Advisors.
A proud professional Latina, immigrant from Mexico, Espinosa-Peña served as News Producer at KTVU Fox 2 where she produced over 200 episodes of a two-hour live weekday and weekend
morning news program, “Mornings on 2.” Prior to her tenure at KTVU Fox 2, Espinosa-Peña was an Executive Producer at Univision
Television Group leading the production of a live morning 60-minute information and lifestyle program on Univision’s Bay Area affiliate.
María has also been nominated for an Emmy for her work in the Cultural and Public Affairs Programming category.
As an active professional in media, Espinosa-Peña is a member of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences, Norther California Chapter; the National Association of Hispanic
Journalists; and the National Association of Professional Women.
Espinosa-Peña holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University and a Certificate in Non Profit Leadership and Management from the Center for
Excellence in Non Profits.
STATEMENT: I am interested in being more involved in the local chapter and looking for more opportunities to be a volunteer.
I’m very dependable, honest and can expedite any task assigned to me quickly and efficiently. As a past Executive Producer, I have experience requesting bids for products and services, submitting expense reimbursements and following up on outstanding invoices. I also understand that sticking to a budget is important.
I also enjoy organizing events and getting to meet new people. Just recently, I was invited by the organizing committee for the San Francisco Carnaval to be one of two mistresses of ceremonies in Spanish for their 40th Anniversary Carnaval Parade that took place Sunday May 27th. It was a very fulfilling experience.
I look forward to continue advancing and promoting our contributions in media, the Bay Area, and in our community.
Raquel Maria Dillon, reporter and editor, KQED News
BIO: Raquel Maria Dillon is a journalist with a decade of reporting and writing experience. She combines the speed and accuracy of the wire with public radio storytelling sensibilities and the fearlessness of a veteran visual journalist. Her technical skills and writing voice have been honed by hourly deadlines and daily field reporting. She has an innate sense of what makes a good story, in video, words, sound, or whatever comes next.
She currently works for KQED News as a reporter and editor. She spent the bulk of her career as a news reporter and video journalist in the Los Angeles bureau of the the Associated Press, where she covered wildfires, mudslides, drought, and breaking news across the Western US. She also worked for New Hampshire Public Radio, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, KALW Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KTVU/Channel 2, NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, and Timeline.com.
Her mother is a Colombian immigrant who moved to Los Angeles in 1967. But Raquel grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey. Her 7-year-old son was born in LA and is growing up Californian.
STATEMENT: I’m eager to support NAHJ’s Bay Area chapter. NAHJ has helped my career over the years and it’s time to give back in whatever capacity I can. The local chapters translate the annual fun and learning of the national conference into long-standing relationships, connect young people to mentors and scholarships, and help represent Latinos in individual newsrooms, organizations and regions. Through my recent editing position at KALW, I’ve grown into being a mentor, editor and guide to early-career journalists as they navigate the ever-changing media landscape.
As treasurer, I’d serve the chapter with diligent record-keeping and enthusiasm. I apply the same attention to detail to spreadsheets and budgeting that I do to facts and clean copy when I write and report. While I’d be new to the treasurer role, I’ve been entrusted with informally shepherding a group’s funds before, in my role as Room Parent at my son’s public school. In addition to recruiting volunteers and communicating via email, I plan and coordinate generous class gifts that run into hundreds of dollars. The challenge is to engage my peers and gently nag when necessary.
I hope to share my 20 years of experience as a journalist and my Virgo organizational skills with the group. Thanks for your consideration.
Erica Argueta, multimedia producer,
CNET en Español
BIO: I am a founding producer on the CNET en Español at CBS Interactive. It’s the largest Spanish language technology news site in the US. As a multimedia producer, I have led the direction and production development for CNET en Español’s video aesthetic style and strategy. Since 2013, I have produced, shot, and edited over 1,500 original videos from concept to completion. As a Video Journalist, I have interviewed several high profile technology innovators such as the Lead VR Innovator at NASA and the Vice President of Product at YouTube. I independently develop a creative vision, interview, shoot, write and edit feature technology stories. Prior to CNET, I was a TV reporter at local Telemundo, CBS and NBC affiliates, and covered hard news. I have a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting and a B.A. in Spanish from San Francisco State University.
STATEMENT: I would like to apply for the NAHJ Secretary position because I am highly organized, a great communicator, and passionate about helping Latino journalists. I have previous Board member experience, Vice President at Juma Venture’s Young Professional Board, and can help structure a board.