Eastern Group Publications/EGPNews Publisher and CEO, Dolores Sanchez was honored last week by the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) as Latina Publisher of the Year.
Sanchez was presented with the award Oct. 4 during the NAHP’s annual national convention in Anaheim, California.
The convention draws executives from publications across the country, including both English and Spanish language newspapers and magazines.
EGP publishes 11 weekly community newspapers, including this newspaper, in Los Angeles County. All of the newspapers offer content in English and Spanish.
According to the NAHP, Sanchez was selected from a large group of nominees.
She was saluted for her “positive contributions” to the industry, and for her service to the Hispanic community.
Upon receiving her award during the Latina Publishers Breakfast sponsored by Macy’s, Sanchez thanked the NAHP for the honor, then took a few minutes to address her fellow publishers, calling them heroes for their persistent and unwavering dedication to telling the stories of importance to Latinos that the mainstream media often ignores.
“I know your struggles, how hard it is at times to keep going in this industry,” Sanchez said. She reminded the publishers and editors in attendance that they are doing important work, and that they give a voice to the Latino population, which is still very under represented at all levels of the media.
“Here we are in 2013 and there is a television show about police in Los Angeles that only has one Latino police officer, and he’s the guy with all the problems,” she said. “Don’t give up, because if you don’t give a voice to this community, who will?”
Author, director, and actress Josefina Lopez served as the award breakfast’s keynote speaker. She emotionally talked about her experiences growing up and striving to tell the stories of Latina women like her, who don’t fit the typical image of women portrayed by the media.
Her latest film, “Detained in the Desert,” tells the story of two people on opposite sides of the immigration debate who are lost in the desert but find each other, leading them to discover their humanity and the true plight of migrants crossing the Arizona desert.
Detained in the Desert’s world premiere screening will take place as part of the 16th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) this Friday at 5:00 p.m. at TCL 6 Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Mann’s Chinese Theatre), Theatre One, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.