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Filipino American journalists acknowledged at NAM’s Ethnic Media Awards

/ 11:56 PM July 22, 2012

Esther Chavez, Vice President for US Sales receives Benjamin Pimentel’s trophy on his behalf who could not attend the gala ceremonies. With her from left are Willie Ratcliff, San Francisco BayView recipient of the Chauncey Bailey Community Advocacy Award, and Belva Davis, Gala Emcee, and multi-awarded Host of “This Week in Northern California” – KQED. Photo by Armando Chavez

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Two columnists, TV producers, a blogger and reporter among Filipino American journalists who won awards at the New America Media (NAM), 2011/2012 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Northern California & Central Valley for their exceptional contributions to journalism.

Benjamin Pimentel won first place in the Outstanding Commentary / Editorial Essay (In-Language Publications) Category for his essay “How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog, Sulat Kay James Soriano.”

This editorial received one of the highest “Recommended” reading at reaching over 6,900.


Emil Guillermo, also a contributing columnist of won first place in the Outstanding Commentary / Editorial Essay (English Publications Category) for his blog for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Rhony Laigo of Balita Media was Runner-Up under the Outstanding Investigative/In-Depth Story: English-Language Publication.

“Adobo Nation” producers –”Voices of the Filipino/Fil-Am Authors” -The Filipino Channel – Runner-UP for Outstanding Community Reporting-Television; and
Racquel Rendon-Walker – “Sustainable Farming” – “Adobo Nation”, The Filipino Channel; Honorable Mention. Also under the same category.

Lorna Dietz, Chair of NaFFAA Region 8,
was Runner-Up for Outstanding Community Blogger.

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