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CNN and Turner heat up the NAHJ convention

Turner and CNN made their presence known at the annual National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) convention which took place July 21-28 in Miami.

The NAHJ convention is the single largest gathering of Latino journalists in the world. Established in 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for its membership which has grown to more than 2200 working journalists.

“CNN has long been an integral partner with NAHJ and is the industry leader in the development and training of Latino journalists.”

- Ramon Escobar, vice president of Talent Recruitment and Development and vice president of Diversity and Inclusion – CNN Worldwide

The organization is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. A mission that is also shared by CNN and Turner and our commitment to support, grow and develop a workforce that reflects a rich diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.

Ramon Escobar, vice president of Talent Recruitment and Development and vice president of Diversity and Inclusion – CNN Worldwide, reiterated the importance of the company’s relationship with NAHJ, “CNN has long been an integral partner with NAHJ and is the industry leader in the development and training of Latino journalists, setting the editorial agenda and shining a light on under-covered issues vital to the Latino community.”

Despite advancements for many journalists of color in the industry, CNN National Correspondent Nick Valencia explained why the NAHJ convention is so important. “Across the country, organizations like NAHJ hold newsrooms accountable to make sure their staff reflects the changing demographics of the nation,” said Nick. “There is always room to grow and do better, and it’s groups like NAHJ that help make sure that happens.”

Nick went on to explain that it’s not just about diversity of color but also diversity of background, ideas and perspectives. He added, “We need employees with depth and unique life experiences to give us better range in communicating with our audience.”

CNN held two workshops led by senior executives with pre-selected Latino journalists from the industry - 25 on-air reporters and 25 producers and digital journalists. Topics focused on storytelling, writing, producing philosophy, ethics, editorial decision-making, tv performance & presentation, digital journalism and leadership. Multiple panels were also held featuring CNN’s talent:

  • Anchor Ana Cabrera tackled this year’s powerful #metoo movement and its impact on Latinas in the newsroom.
  • Correspondent Leyla Santiago described her harrowing industry leading coverage of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
  • White House Correspondent Boris Sanchez gave insight into the complexity and challenges of covering the Trump White House. 
  • CNN DC Bureau Managing Editor, White House & Capitol Hill Antoine Sanfuentes joined Boris Sanchez and CNN VP of Talent & VP of diversity & Inclusion Ramón Escobar for a townhall on CNN’s Facts First Campaign.
  • Correspondent Rosa Flores gave emotional details of covering the immigration border story and talked about how CNN has lead the coverage on child and family separations at the border.
  • Correspondent Nick Valencia discussed coverage of Hurricanes and the impact climate change has had on their intensity. 

CNN en Español received the prestigious national NAHJ Ñ Award, given to Anchor and Correspondent Rafael Romo for his investigative story on fraudulent Venezuelan passports. CNN National Correspondent Nick Valencia was also selected as the Vice President of Broadcast for NAHJ.


In its efforts to promote equality in the workplace, Turner works with organizations dedicated to diversity in media and journalism including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications. To find more information on Turner’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit: www.turner.com/diversity.