Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, executive editor of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, was honored Saturday night during the Miami gathering of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
At the annual conference, attended by more than 1,300 people from across the nation, Marqués was recognized as an industry leader and champion in the effort to diversify newsrooms.
Under Marqués’ leadership, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist three times.
A University of Florida graduate who has worked in South Florida her entire career, Marqués was inducted into the NAHJ Hall of Fame Saturday night at a gala at the InterContinental hotel in downtown Miami.
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“Mindy has risen through the ranks of the newsroom at a time when it was extremely challenging for both women and Hispanics to break through the glass ceiling. She holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic — man OR woman — to hold the position of executive editor at the Herald, and is the highest-ranking Hispanic editor at McClatchy,” said Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Co. “Her work in recruiting reporters and editors of diverse backgrounds has made a positive impact on the newspaper and the profession as a whole.”
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame with Marqués were Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; local Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist McNelly Torres; and Rosental Alves, the first holder of the Knight Chair in International Journalism at the University of Texas in Austin.
NAHJ was founded in 1984. The association has more than 2,000 members across the United States.