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Veronica Villafañe


Veronica Villafañe is an Emmy-award winning journalist and former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has worked as a television reporter and anchor at the local, national and international levels with Univisión, Telemundo, CNN en español, Fox-11 News and Reuters. She has written for numerous print and online publications and led convergence efforts at the San Jose Mercury News. The daughter of a foreign-service diplomat, Veronica was born in New Delhi, India. She was raised in several countries, including North Yemen, Somalia, Panama, the United States and Argentina. She currently writes a media blog about Latinos in the news industry: www.mediamoves.com.


Excellence is what really deserves strong backing

the mayor’s tenure is ending, and wrap-up reviews of his two terms are coming in, some giving him decent marks, others, not so much

The hub of movie making needs to include more Latinosa, both in front of the camera and in decision-making roles

UC Berkeley received $1 million from a generous donor to fund scholarships for undocumented students: Will other donors follow suit?

Spanish-language media helps empower naturalized voters

New networks may supercharge the Spanish TV media market, but can they give their audiences what they truly want and need?

why won’t the government pay attention to problem substances?

amid coverage of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, the story of what happened to Latinos during the upheaval was lost and forgotten

A case reveals the frightening vulnerabilities of immigrants’ children.

Three networks battle to capture one of the most attractive demographics: young acculturated Latinos

Why our representatives may not be representing us

the fragmented, inefficient way agencies deal with unaccompanied immigrant children needs an overhaul

Latinos, billed as exotic or passionate, once commanded leading roles, then came portrayals as maids and drug lords – now that is changing

Hollywood producer Moctesuma Esparza says fear and ignorance are creating erroneous stereotypes

The legacy of a Los Angeles reporter clouded in mystery

Back-to-back green governors spotlight Californians’ support of environmental issues



The end of the “governator” era, and heated political races close out a contentious 2010 in California

One in five Latinos die of cancer, but research is lacking.

Arizona's SB10170 is reminiscent of California’s Prop 187. Both bills, which targeted illegal immigrants, were introduced and signed into law by Republicans. Passed in 1994, Prop 187 was challenged in court and never went into effect. The bill served as a galvanizing force for Latino immigrants, who registered to vote and became a determining factor in subsequent statewide elections. The losers? Republicans.

changing demographics in the Golden State are reshaping immigration attitudes

Jerry Brown comes with political experience and baggage. Can he reclaim the job he left 27 years ago?

No one thought a Republican could win in Massachusetts. Could the GOP make inroads in the Golden State as well?

A lifetime in politics and influential connections helped assemblyman John Pérez land one of the most powerful positions in California government.

They have name recognition, money and clout. But Is that enough for Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina to win top jobs?

After more than 20 years as a registered Democrat. Juan Arámbula left the party to become an independent. The Fresno County Assemblyman explains why.

For the first time ever, a Latino has been named City Administrative Officer, a position crucial to the LA’s financial well-being. Will this new “money guy” deliver?

California enters its new fiscal year with a whopping budget gap and a painful compromise. Can anyone fix the fiscal mess?

Whe it looked like California’s budget was at a stlalemate, a republican state senator demonstrated true leadership by crossing party lines to avert a financial meltdown.

Burdened with on of the highest unemployment rates in the country and continuing budget problems, California struggles to find a way to survive the economy crisis.

Revelations of unethical behavior expose a system with little or no oversight that snags three top Latino officials

To cut or not to cut? Faced with a $40 billion deficit dueling politicians, Californians are left paying the price for legislative intransigense. Meanwhile, prop 8 continues to generate a fight.

A budget mess, a fiscal crisis, and a recall effort have brought California to the point of exhaustion. What’s next?

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on the presidential campaign. In advertising alone, both parties invested almost $200 million before the June primaries.

Taking action is the only acceptable approach, even if you have not been touched by cancer—yet.