Justino Aguila is an entertainment and culture writer specializing
in Latino arts at The Orange County (CA) Register. He has also worked
as a writer at the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Gabriel (CA)
Valley Tribune and as an associate producer at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.
Aguila has won an Associated Press award for best feature story (June, 1995).
He is a member of the California Chicano News Media Association and the National
Association of Hispanic Journalists. Aguila holds an M.S. in journalism from
Columbia University and a B.A. in journalism with a minor in Spanish from California
State University at Long Beach.
Gustavo Arellano is a reporter at The Orange County (CA) Weekly.
In addition to reporting at the O.C. Weekly, Arellano’s commentaries
have aired on National Public Radio and other Southern California public radio
stations. His written commentaries have also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle,
Los Angeles Times and Pacific News Service. Arellano was a Maggie Awards
finalist this year for ‘best public service series or article’ and
also a finalist for Pen USA’s literary award for journalism. He is a
member of the Religion Newswriters Association. Arellano holds an M.A. in Latin
American studies from the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A.
in film studies from Chapman University.
Suzanne Brown is a staff writer and former assistant features editor
at The Denver Post. She has also worked as fashion editor and special
sections editor at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, lifestyles editor
at the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, and as staff writer and assistant
fashion editor at the Dallas (TX) Times Herald. She won the Atrium award
for excellence in reporting on the American fashion industry (2000) and Fashion
Group International’s Career Achievement award (2003). She is a member
of Fashion Group International. Brown holds a B.S. in journalism from the University
of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
David Cruz is an anchor/reporter and host of The Latin Beat on
WBGO-FM in Newark, NJ, the New York Metropolitan area's only full-time jazz
radio station. Cruz has also served as a general assignment reporter for the
nightly TV newscast North Hudson News (NJ) and served as both
the editor-in-chief and as a columnist at The Hudson Reporter (NJ).
In 2003, Cruz won the Public Radio News Directors award for Best Interview.
He has also won the Associated Press award for Best Feature (2003) and the
New York and New Jersey Association of Black Journalists award for Best Feature
(2004). Cruz holds a degree in communications from New Jersey City University.
Lisa Gray is the arts editor at The Houston (TX) Chronicle.
Her prior work included managing editor at Cite: The Architectural and Design
Reviewof Houston, columnist and staff writer at Houston Press,
senior editor at Washington City Paper, as well as freelance magazine
writer and book editor. Gray was a finalist in the James Beard award for
Feature Writing Without Recipes in 2000, was an honorable mention in the National
Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association awards in the news/features category
in 2000, and won Best Feature Story award from the Houston Press Club in 1997. She
received her B.A. in English and sociology at Rice University.
Agustin Gurza is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. He
has also worked as a staff writer at The Orange County (CA) Register, The
Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise and as a writer and editor at Billboard
Magazine. He has won a Best in the West award for Immigration Coverage,
and a Robert F. Kennedy journalism award. In 1995, Gurza reported from Mexico
City as part of a tri-lateral journalist exchange. He holds a B.A. in sociology
from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also completed one year
of Berkeley’s Master’s of Journalism program.
Carmen M. Henderson is the social services reporter at The Journal
News in Hamilton, OH. She also worked as a reporter at the Longview
(TX) News-Journal and as an editorial assistant and freelance reporter
for the Dayton (OH) Daily News. Henderson won first place in
Best Deadline Reporting from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists
in 2003. Her professional affiliations include the Dayton Association
of Black Journalists and the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association. Henderson
studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City and earned
a B.A. in print journalism at the University of Toledo.
Sarah Holeman is assistant arts editor at the Los Angeles Times.
Holeman joined The Times in 1988 and has worked as articles editor, news
editor and design editor for various sections of the paper. She began her career
in journalism at The Durham (N.C.) Sun. A member of the Society for
Newspaper Design, the Association of Opinion Page Editors and a former
Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, Holeman
has won the Los Angeles Times Valley Edition editorial award for 'Valley Life,'
and the Top-of-the-Times editorial award for 'Valley and Ventura County Perspective.'
She holds a degree in journalism and English from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.
Damien Jaques is the theater critic at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
as well as a program host on Wisconsin Public Radio. Before coming to The
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1972, Jaques reported for the Binghamton
(NY) Evening Press and the Sheboygan (WI) Press. Jaques has received
multiple staff writing awards from the Journal Sentinel. He has served
two terms on the board of directors for the American Theatre Critics Association
and one term on the American Theatre Critics Association Foundation’s
board of directors. Jaques holds a B.A. in political science from Marquette
Kerry Lengel is an arts reporter at The Arizona Republic in
Phoenix. In 10 years at the paper, he has held several positions, including
copy editor, entertainment reporter, and arts and entertainment editor. He
won first place in the Arizona Press Club competition for Features Headline
Writing in 1998, and second place in 1999. Lengel holds a B.A. in creative
writing from the University of Arizona.
Elizabeth Maupin has been the theater critic at The Orlando
(FL) Sentinel since 1983. Before that, she worked for newspapers
in Virginia, Ohio and California. She is active in the American Theatre Critics
Association, both as an executive committee member and as committee chair
for new play awards, and she chaired ATCA's executive committee from 1996
to 1999. Maupin was a fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program
at Columbia University in 1995-96 and the National Critics'
Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 1986. She holds an M.J.
from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Thomas Maurstad is the pop culture critic at The Dallas Morning
News, a position he virtually created, having been a staff critic at
the paper for 15 years covering television, film, music, advertising, the
Internet, opera and performance art. In 2003, the Texas Associated Press
Managing Editors named him Best Critic. Maurstad holds a B.A. in journalism
from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dan Mayfield is the assistant arts editor and boxing reporter at The
Albuquerque (NM) Journal. He has also worked as a business reporter for
the Albuquerque Tribune. Mayfield has won numerous awards for his
writing, including the Albuquerque Tribune Employee of the Year (2002);
third place in the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors competition
for business writing (2002); and first place in the New Mexico Press Women
Annual Communication contest for business articles (2002). He is a member
of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Boxing Writers Association
of America, and current vice president and president-elect of Albuquerque
Press Women. Mayfield holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communications
from the University of New Mexico.
Regina Medina is a reporter at The Philadelphia (PA) Daily News.
Medina has also worked at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, Akron
(OH) Beacon Journal, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, and Daily Journal in
Caracas, Venezuela. She is currently the Region Three director of the National
Association of Hispanic Journalists. Medina holds a B.A. in Latin American
studies from Brandeis University.
Kevin Nance is the art and architecture critic at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Nance has also reported for the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader and The
Tennessean in Nashville. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including
the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors award for Arts and Entertainment
Feature (2003); the Darrell Sifford Prize in journalism (1997); and the Society
for Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award (1996). Nance was also part
of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1997. He holds
a B.A. in English from Duke University.
Naomi Person is the culture editor at WNYC, New York Public Radio. She
worked for many years as a producer for the award-winning "Fresh Air with
Terry Gross," the daily National Public Radio program based at WHYY-FM
in Philadelphia. During her tenure at Fresh Air, she covered arts and
culture, human rights and social issues. In the mid-80s,
Person worked as a fact-checker at Esquire magazine and as a writer
and editor in the press office of the New York City Department of Parks and
Recreation. She was a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow at Columbia
University in 2000-2001. Person received her B.A. in environmental education
at State University of New York at Binghamton and earned her M.S. degree in
journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Jefferson Robbins is the arts reporter and features writer at The
Wenatchee (WA) World. He has also reported for the State Journal-Register in
Springfield, IL, and worked as editor and publisher of Elm City Blues literary
magazine. Robbins received reporting awards from the Associated Press,
Illinois Press Association, Copley Press and Society of Professional Journalists,
where he won the SPJ Pacific Northwest award for best arts reporting (2000). He
earned a B.A. in creative writing with a minor in journalism at Southern
Illinois University at Carbondale.
Hector Saldana is a senior staff reporter at the San Antonio (TX)
Express News. Before coming to the Express-News in 1999, Saldana
worked as the general manager of TRANSEC international banking services USA/Mexico
operations. Saldana has won the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Local
Story of the Year award and the Association of Women in Communication Excellence
award. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
and holds a graduate degree in urban studies from Trinity University and
a B.A. in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Jennifer Sanchez is minority affairs reporter at The Salt Lake (UT)
Tribune and has also reported for The Albuquerque (NM) Tribune.
She has won a New Mexico Press Association award for Column Writing (October,
2004) and a Scripps Howard Monthly Writing award for Specialty Reporting
(February, 2002 and August, 2002). She is a member of the National Association
of Hispanic Journalists and the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Alumni Association.
Sanchez holds a B.A. in news and public affairs from the University of Texas
Rachel Uranga is a staff writer at The Los Angeles Daily News.
Uranga recently attended a Foundation for American Communication seminar on
Political and Religious Trends in the Latino community. She is a member of
the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the California Chicano News
Media Association and the Echo Park (CA) Historical Society. Uranga holds a
B.A. in journalism with a minor in urban studies from California State University
Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin is a reporter and arts critic at the Austin
(TX) American-Statesman. She has also worked as an Austin-based freelance
writer. In 2003, Van Ryzin won the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors
award for comment and criticism. She is a member of International Art Critics
Association and the American Theatre Critics Association. Van Ryzin holds
an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin
and a B.A. in English from Barnard College.
Teresa Y. Wiltz is an arts writer at The Washington Post. Prior
to The Post, she was at The Chicago Tribune as a police reporter,
fashion writer, features writer specializing in the arts, and a columnist,
and at the Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette as a staff writer. Wiltz was
a dancer at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and the Detroit City Dance
Company in the mid-‘80s. Wiltz’s professional awards include
business writing finalist at the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute
to Excellence awards in 2005; Peter Lisagor award for Feature Writing in 1999;
and Livingston award finalist in 1995. In 1994, as part of The Chicago
Tribune metro reporting team, she received the Grand Prize Robert Kennedy
Journalism award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Wiltz earned her B.A. in drama and English at Dartmouth College and graduate
degree at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She also took
the Spanish Language Immersion Course, Centro Linguistico Maya in Antigua,
What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"This is the most valuable seminar I have attended in years. The presentations were useful and the caliber of the journalists selected made a big difference."
- Tania Soussan, Albuquerque Journal