Women, and especially Latinas, are on the rise leaving their mark on every industry. This is very noticeable in the world of media. From executive producers to journalists, these Latinas are leveling the playing field. Here are the Latinas that are changing the face of media.
1. Maria Hinojosa
Call her the great dame of public radio. Journalist Maria Hinojosa has been the host of NPR’s Latino USA for twenty years and is also the CEO of The Futuro Media Group, which produces the show and is fostering the work of other Latino journalists. Born in Mexico City, Hinojosa moved to Chicago as a child and has racked up several awards for her journalism work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged and four Emmy awards.
2. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek broke both through the glass ceiling and box she was put in during her early Hollywood days. After a few roles in lackluster movies following her move to Los Angeles, Hayek ventured off on her own and started her own production company, which ultimately allowed her to call her own shots. She executive produced and starred in “Frida,” which gave her an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Her other production successes include “Ugly Betty.”
3. Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
— Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (@danisanwitz) January 31, 2016
Danielle Sanchez-Witzel has been making a name for herself across multiple TV networks, including most recently at 20th Century Fox Television. She signed an overall deal. Her past credits include consulting producer on “From LA to Vegas,” showrunner and executive producer for “The Carmichael Show,” and co-executive producer of “New Girl.”
4. Soledad O’Brien
Apart from her stellar anchoring gigs, Soledad O’Brien can also add chairwoman and founder to her list of titles. The Hearst TV and former CNN anchor founded Starfish Media Group in 2013, which is a production and distribution company.
5. Victoria Alonso
A native of Buenos Aires, Victoria Alonso has had a hand in many of Marvel’s recent blockbuster hits. She has executive produced “Black Panther,” “The Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, “Ant-Man,” as well as upcoming projects including “Captain Marvel.”
6. Jacqueline Hernández
Jacqueline Hernández is tapping into the way Latinos access MMA and sports entertainment as the current president of Combate Americas. Before joining Combate last month, Hernández was the CMO at NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises.
7. Rebecca Aguilar
Encouraging women and Latinos in journalism is Rebecca Aguilar’s specialty. She founded the Facebook group ‘Latinas in Journalism’ last November and the 2,000 current members have used it as a forum to find job postings, share news, advice and encourage each other. Aguilar is a current member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a former television reporter.
8. Gloria Calderon Kellett
It’s hard filling the shoes of a legendary television producer and writer Norman Lear, but Gloria Calderon Kellett is stepping into those shoes just fine as the co-showrunner of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.” The Cuban-American producer and writer has been keen on showcasing issues Latino families have to tackle with on a daily basis into her show.
9. Tanya Saracho
Originally a seasoned playwright from Chicago, Tanya Saracho is bringing an authentic voice to the Starz show, Vida, as its executive producer. Her other television credits including working as a writer for Devious Maids, How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, and Girls.