About Alex Avila

PBS' Ray Suarez (l), Alex Avila (c), PBS's Maria Hinojosa (r)

Alex Avila came to the NPR program "Latino USA" in 1998 after a two-year stint as an Assistant Editor for HISPANIC Magazine, then based in Austin, Texas. At the time, Alex was offered a six-month "temporary appointment" as a deputy producer. In 2003, Alex Avila became the Senior Producer of the program, which was created in 1993 by the Center for Mexican-American Studies in conjunction with KUT-radio at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Latino USA has garnered more than 35 awards for journalism excellence, including some of the industry's highest awards such as the Scripps Howard Award for Journalism Excellence, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the "Edwards R. Murrow" Award by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Gabriel Awards, and many others.

In 2002, Alex Avila was awarded a "Golden Reel" by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for leading Latino USA's coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

In addition to his award winning radio productions, Alex Avila is a budding academic, having conducted original social science research in digital podcast audiences. Alex Avila also teaches broadcast journalism at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. The works of his students can be found at http://hilltoppernews.wikispaces.com.

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For information about the Chicano/Latino Film Forum (1993-1999) click here.